Scott Hemer Named Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Canisius

Director of Athletics Bill Maher announced Monday that Scott Hemer has been named the head coach of the Canisius women’s basketball program. Hemer will take over the Canisius program after serving as the head coach at SUNY Geneseo for the past 11 seasons.

Hemer will be the ninth head coach in program history. The North Collins, N.Y., native will be formally introduced to the media at a press conference in the Griffin Team Meeting room on the second floor of the Koessler Athletic Center Wednesday, April 25 at 2:30 p.m.

“Scott Hemer is a proven head coach who has developed winning programs at each stop of his coaching career and I am excited that he will be leading our women’s basketball team,” Maher said. “Scott’s commitment to developing student-athletes and his experience building programs make him the right person to lead Canisius women’s basketball, and I look forward to working with him to bring our program back to a championship level.”

A five-time SUNYAC Coach of the Year honoree and the 2016 Pat Summit Trophy winner as the United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year, Hemer posted a career record of 218-89 in his time leading the Geneseo program. Among those 218 career wins, 40-straight came during SUNYAC regular season play, a win streak that dates back to the 2015-16 season. He led the Knights to seven 20-win campaigns in the last eight years and he took Geneseo to five NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournaments. Last season, Geneseo posted a 25-3 record with a perfect 18-0 SUNYAC regular-season mark and a conference tournament championship. That league crown was Geneseo’s third SUNYAC title since 2015, and the team finished as the conference runner-up in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

“It is an honor to be selected as the next women’s basketball coach at Canisius and I am humbled and excited by the opportunity I have been presented,” Hemer said. “I would like to thank President John J. Hurley and Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Terri Mangione for their efforts and I look forward to working with them in the future. I would also like to express my gratitude to Bill Maher and his staff for putting their faith in me to lead the program.

“With a proud tradition of academics and athletics, my family and I are excited to join the Golden Griffin community. I am looking forward to working with the team, building relationships in the college community and creating a culture that expects success on and off the court.”

Hemer’s 2016-17 team set a school record with 28 victories and advanced to the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Sweet 16, and he was honored as the East Region Coach of the Year, while four of his former student-athletes earned All-SUNYAC honors. In 2014-15, Hemer’s squad won 19-straight games en route to the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Division III Women’s Basketball Tournament. That season saw Geneseo earn a trip to the Sweet 16 round of the tournament, the program’s first in 20 years.

A 1995 graduate of St. Bonaventure, Hemer won his 100th career game as a head coach on Nov. 16, 2013, when the Knights defeated Williamette (Ore.) on the road, just a day after Geneseo defeated No. 17 Lewis & Clark 63-62 on its home court to start the 2013-14 campaign. He took over the Geneseo program after spending six seasons as the head coach at Genesee Community College in Batavia, N.Y. There, he led the Cougars to a record of 147-70 and an appearance in the 2007 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National tournament. During his time at GCC, he was honored as the NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year three times and mentored five NJCAA All-Americans.

Hemer’s coaching career includes four years as the varsity girl’s basketball coach at Gowanda (N.Y.) High School, where he was a junior high school social studies teacher from 1996-2001. He spent one season as an assistant coach at Fredonia and three years as the head coach of the Enchanted Mountains Basketball Club Under-16 AAU team as well.

Hemer replaces former Canisius head coach Terry Zeh, who led the Griffs for 14 seasons and guided the Blue and Gold to the program’s two NCAA Division I postseason appearances. Canisius is scheduled to return 10 letterwinners and three regular starters to the roster for the 2018-19 campaign.

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