BUIES CREEK, N.C. - Former Richmond associate head coach Kevin McGeehan, in his first year as the head coach at Campbell, announced the hiring of former Spiders Peter Thomas and Dan Geriot as assistant coaches for the Camels.
Thomas had spent the last five years as director of basketball operations at Richmond, where he also played from 2003-07. Geriot was an assistant at Princeton for the past two years after playing for the Spiders from 2006-11. The two played together for Richmond during the 2006-07 season.
Thomas was a player on the Spiders’ 2004 NCAA Tournament team. He was the director of basketball operations, and Geriot was a starter, on Richmond’s back-to-back NCAA Tournament and Top-25 finishing teams in 2010 and 2011. Richmond won 54 games in two years, won the 2011 Atlantic 10 Championship and reached the 2011 Sweet 16
“Peter had a great impact on the success we had at Richmond as a player, coach and person," said McGeehan, who was announced as CU's new head coach on Apr. 11 after an eight-year stint on Chris Mooney's staff at UR. "I'm excited about having him join the Campbell basketball family and helping us build a winning culture."
"I am extremely excited to be at Campbell University and grateful for the opportunity to help lead the basketball program under the direction of Coach Kevin McGeehan," said Thomas.
Over the last five seasons, Thomas was responsible for the daily operations of the Spiders basketball office, including film breakdown, team travel and organizing the recruiting database. A 2007 Richmond graduate, Thomas served one year on the staff at Eastern Kentucky before returning to Richmond in 2008.
A native of Little Rock, Ark., Thomas began his playing career at Richmond as a freshman walk-on. He earned a scholarship prior to his junior year and started all 60 games during his final two seasons. Twice named to the Atlantic-10 Academic All-Conference team, Thomas served as captain of the Spiders during the 2006-07 campaign. He led the team in charges drawn for three-straight years and shot 48 percent from the floor during his career.
After graduating from Richmond as a history major, Thomas earned his master's in sports management from Eastern Kentucky University in 2009.
Geriot, who was an all-conference center at Richmond, is 17th on Richmond’s all-time scoring list with 1,389 career points.
"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 the 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 was 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.