Fifth Season as Co-Head Coach (Eighth at LSU)
When Dave Geyer was promoted to co-head coach of the LSU men’s and women’s swimming and diving programs alongside Doug Shaffer in April 2010, he envisioned a pair of teams that could consistently compete among the top 15 in the nation and top five in the Southeastern Conference.
During the 2013-14 season, five total swimmers and divers qualified automatically for NCAA Championships. Four individual qualifiers and eight total qualifiers for the LSU women’s team marked the largest group since the 2010-11 season and the most in at least 18 years. The men and women also combined to break six school records.
Kara Kopcso erupted on to the scene during her first year on campus. The NCAA qualifier set the school record in the 200 fly in her first meet against Georgia. Kopcso ultimately broke her own record against Texas A&M later in the season with a time of 1:56.12. The Mandeville, La. native also was a part of the team that set the 800-frestyle relay.
Kopcso was named to the SEC All-Freshman team and earned a trio of SEC Freshman of the Week honors. Kopcso finished first in the ‘B’ final of the 200 fly and first in the ‘C’ final of the 200 IM at SEC Championships. She also finished third in the ‘C’ final of the 100 fly at SEC’s for the fourth-fastest time in program history (53.17).
Caley Oquist qualified for NCAA’s for the second time in her career, this time as an individual. Oquist qualified in both the 100 and 200 back after setting the program record at SEC Championships. The then sophomore also swam the leadoff leg the 400-medley relay team that broke the program record at the SEC’s.
Oquist also finished sixth in the championship final of the 100 back and took first in the ‘B’ final of the 200 backstroke at SEC’s. The Monticello, Minnesota native also earned the fifth-best 200 IM time in program history in the ‘C’ final at the SEC’s
Amber Carter enters her senior year looking for a third straight NCAA Championship appearance. Last season, Carter qualified automatically for NCAA’s in the 100 fly. The Houston, Texas native swam the third leg of the relay team that set the program record in the 400 medley. Carter also won the ‘C’ final of the 100 fly at SEC’s for the third-fastest tiem in program history.
Frank Greeff was the lone male to qualify automatically for NCAA Championships where he earned his second NCAA Honorable Mention All-America honor in the200 fly. Greeff finished 10th in the 200 fly at NCAA Championships with a record-breaking time of 1:43.14. At SEC Championships, the South Africa native finished sixth and seventh respectively in the championship finals of the 200 fly and 100 fly. Also at NCAA’s, Greeff earned the program’s second-fastest 200 IM time (1:46.23) at the NCAA’s and the program’s third fastest 100 fly time (46.80) at the SEC’s
Prior to his promotion to co-head coach, Geyer spent five seasons as an assistant coach at LSU where he worked with all phases of the programs. He was instrumental in helping numerous athletes shatter program records and earn All-America honors while also playing a vital role in the recruitment of top-level international student-athletes.
In 2008, Geyer trained former LSU standout and Olympian Miko Malberg prior to the Beijing Olympic Games where the former All-American went on to set an Estonian national record in the 50-meter freestyle (22.37) and place 25th overall.
He also traveled to Croatia for the 2008 European Short-Course Championships as a member of the Estonian National coaching staff where he guided Malberg to a pair of national records and helped an Estonian relay qualify for its first championship final at that competition.
Geyer graduated from Shippensburg with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1999 before receiving his master’s degree in counseling in 2001. He is married to the former Lyndi Croft of State College, Pa. The couple has two daughters, Maddilyn (10) and Kayda (6).
THE DAVID GEYER FILE
Born: March 15, 1977 in Pittsburgh, Pa.
High School: Elizabeth Forward High School; Pittsburgh, Pa.; 1995
College: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania; B.S. in Psychology, 1999; M.S. in Counseling, 2001
Wife: Lyndi Geyer
Children: Maddilyn (10), Kayda (6)
Records and Achievements at LSU
LSU Women’s Highest NCAA Finish Since 1993
LSU Men’s Highest NCAA Finish Since 2005
LSU Women’s Highest SEC Finish Since 2002
LSU Men’s Highest SEC Finish Since 2000
6 NCAA First-Team All-Americans
17 NCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans
17 NCAA Individual Qualifiers
1 SEC Champion
1 SEC Record
6 All-SEC Performers
3 SEC All-Freshmen Performers
1 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship Finalist
16 SEC Medalists
1 FINA World Championships Finalist
33 LSU Records Broken
LSU Women’s Record for Dual-Meet Wins in a Season