GENESEO, N.Y. - SUNY Geneseo women's basketball coach Scott Hemer has been named the head coach at NCAA Division I Canisius in Buffalo, N.Y.
"My time at Geneseo will always hold a special place in my heart and it is with mixed emotions that I say goodbye," said Hemer. "From the administration and my colleagues to all the supporters of the program, everyone I have come to know as friends are a significant part of what makes this college community so unique. I also want to thank my players and assistant coaches, both past and present. You are what made this opportunity possible, and I am greatly appreciative. Words cannot express how fortunate I feel knowing that all the memories we shared helped create a true family experience that can never be taken from us. I will forever be indebted to you for sharing that time with me."
The winningest coach in program history, Hemer compiled a 218-89 record (.710) in 11 seasons with the Knights, including State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Championships in 2011, 2015 and 2018. He also guided Geneseo to five NCAA Division III Tournament appearances, including its fourth straight this past winter.
The 2016 Pat Summit Trophy winner as the United States Marine Corps/WBCA Division III National Coach of the Year, Hemer also capped the 2018 campaign with his fifth SUNYAC Coach of the Year honor, including an unprecedented fourth in a row.
Hemer led the Knights to 20-wins in seven of the last eight seasons, including NCAA Division III Tournament "Sweet 16" appearances in 2015 and 2017. The 2016-17 squad started with a 26-0 record that included the second undefeated regular season in program history as well as an 18-0 SUNYAC mark en route to a school-record 28-2 final record. Hemer also directed Geneseo to an undefeated 18-0 SUNYAC record this past winter as the Knights are unbeaten in their previous 40 regular-season conference outings.
Hemer coached five All-Americans, including 2015 SUNYAC Player of the Year and First-Team All-American Shannon McGinnis. McKenna Brooks '19, garnered honorable-mention honors this past winter after being voted the conference's top player.
Under Hemer's leadership, Geneseo received back-to-back Russell "Together We R Team" Awards in 2016 and 2017 from the WBCA, in recognition of persevering through the death of a teammate during both seasons.
"It has been a pleasure to work with Coach Hemer and see first-hand the development of the women's basketball program," said Geneseo Director of Athletics Mike Mooney. "Over his career at Geneseo he has moved the women's program into the national Division III conversation. He possesses the ability to provide his players with the opportunity to reach their full potential both as student-athletes and individuals. Scott's work as a colleague is greatly appreciated and we wish him the best as he moves to the Division I arena."