Chris Clark and Dan Geriot named assistant men's basketball coaches
BUIES CREEK, N.C. – Head coach Kevin McGeehan has announced the hiring of Chris Clark and Dan Geriot as assistant men's basketball coaches at Campbell University. Clark and Geriot join Peter Thomas, who was hired Apr. 11, on McGeehan's first staff.
Clark comes to Campbell after spending four seasons at St. Francis University, where he served as associate head coach in 2012-13. Geriot, who played at Richmond from 2006-2011, spent the last two years as an assistant coach at Princeton.
Each member of the Fighting Camel coaching staff will be involved in all phases of the basketball operation, including on-court coaching, recruiting, scouting, player skill development and academic mentoring.
Clark will use his wealth of knowledge learned from the game's best tutors to aid in the development of the Fighting Camel guards. Clark is believed to be the only person to ever play under three legendary Philadelphia coaches – John Chaney, Fran Dunphy and Speedy Morris.
"Having watched Chris as a high school player and coaching against him at Temple what stood out most was his toughness and competitiveness," said McGeehan. "He will be a great asset with player development and recruiting. Chris will be a great role model for the players and a representative of the University and our program."
A product of head coach Speedy Morris out of Saint Joseph's Preparatory High School in Philadelphia, Clark earned his bachelors of science in Sports Management from Temple University in 2009.
During the 2012-13 season at St. Francis, Clark helped groom two Northeast Conference all-rookie team selections – Ben Millaud-Meunier and Stephon Mosley – plus the NEC's Most Improved Player, Earl Brown. He joined the Red Flash staff in 2009 and helped guide the team to consecutive NEC playoff appearances in 2009 and 2010.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to work with Coach McGeehan, Coach Geriot and Coach Thomas," said Clark. "We had some great battles in the Atlantic-10 when I was at Temple, and I'm humbled that Coach McGeehan thought of me for this position. I can't tell you enough about how excited I am to get to work with the players down there. I'm just looking forward to having an impact on their lives, not only as a coach, but as a mentor and building relationships with those kids. That's what it's all about."
Clark played for Big 5 Hall of Fame coach Speedy Morris at Saint Joseph's Prep, where he helped his team win three Southern Division Titles and two Catholic League championships and served as team captain for two years.
He then played under Hall of Famer John Chaney during the 2004-05 season at Temple and concluded his college basketball career as a team captain on the Owls' 2008 Atlantic 10 Championship squad under Dunphy.
Clark was named the Big 5's Most Improved Player in 2008 after helping Temple advance to the NCAA Tournament. He averaged 7.5 points per game, and had 59 assists and 24 steals as a senior. Clark was second on the team with 57 three-pointers, and led the team with 41.6 percent accuracy on 137 three-point attempts.
Off the floor, he has been a Big Brother Program volunteer, a Reading for Children volunteer, and has done community service at the Carousel House in Philadelphia. Additionally, Clark has volunteered with Midtown Parish United Methodist Church, Temple Rollin Owls Basketball League, and Cherry Hill's Martin Luther King Day. Clark has also worked as a counselor for summer basketball camps with coach Dunphy, Temple women's basketball coach Dawn Staley and the Speedy Morris Basketball Camp.
He and his wife Sharena, have one son, Cayson, who was born May 19, 2012.
Geriot, who was an all-conference center at Richmond, joins the Campbell staff after spending the last two years as an assistant at Princeton.
"I have watched Dan since his freshman year in high school, and his sense for the game and his ability to relate to all kinds of people are his greatest strengths," said McGeehan. "He was a great player on our two NCAA Tournament teams at Richmond. Dan will be able to help our post players understand the game and develop them. I think he will excel in all areas of coaching."
With the Tigers, Geriot assisted in all daily activities of the Princeton program, including skill development, recruiting, scouting and summer camps. Specifically, Geriot worked with the Princeton post players, while recruiting across the country for the Ivy League program.
"I'm very grateful and extremely excited that Coach Kevin McGeehan has given me this wonderful opportunity at Campbell University," said Geriot. "I look forward to being a part of this Campbell basketball family under the leadership of a man and coach that has helped me along in my life in so many ways."
Geriot capped his collegiate career by helping Richmond post back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances in 2010 and 2011. As a senior, Geriot scored double-digit points 18 times while helping the Spiders to their first Sweet 16 since 1988.
For his career, Geriot averaged 10.4 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, hitting 37.3 percent (97 of 260) of his 3-point attempts with 266 career assists. Geriot finished his career 17th on Richmond's all-time scoring list with 1,386 points after becoming just the 12th junior in school history to clear the thousand point mark.
Geriot was a 2007 Atlantic-10 All-Rookie Team pick and a third-team All-Atlantic 10 selection as a sophomore while leading the Spiders in scoring in each of his first two seasons.
He is a native of Springfield, Pa., where he earned Delaware County Player of the Year honors after averaging a double-double with 24.8 points and 10.8 rebounds as a senior at Springfield High.
Following his graduation from Richmond in 2011 with bachelor's degrees in political science and history, Geriot played one season of pro basketball in Verviers, Belgium.
He has been involved in the community through the Friends of Jaclyn Foundation, the Arthritis Foundation and ASK Foundation, as well as the CARITAS Foundation, which protects individuals and families in crisis. He also worked with youngsters at the University of Richmond basketball camps from 2007-2010.
Clark and Geriot join a Fighting Camel program that has called the 3095-seat Gore Arena inside the Pope Convocation Center home since November 2008. Over the last five years, the Camels have amassed a 48-24 (.667) record at the facility. Campbell returns nine of its top 10 scorers and rebounders from 2012-13, when the Camels finished 13-20 overall and third in the Big South Conference North Division (7-9). Among the returning players are all-conference point guard Trey Freeman and rising senior power forward Marvelle Harris.