Co-Head Coach and Head Swimming Coach
Ninth Season as Co-Head Coach (14th 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.
In the last nine seasons as head coach of the LSU swimming team, Geyer has led the men and women to 69 school records. Geyer, entering his ninth season as head swimming coach, has put the men’s and women’s swimming teams on the map, both nationally and in the SEC.
During the 2019-2020 season, Geyer helped lead Brooks Curry to a birth in the 2020 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Thorughout the season, Curry set school records in the 50, 100, and 200-Yard Freestyles in route to earning the 100 Free gold medal at the 2020 SEC Championships and a silver in the 200 Free. Karl Luht also earned a birth to the 2020 NCAA Championships. Throughout the season, Luht moved up to No. 2 in LSU history in the 200 Back after swimming a 1:42.81 against Missouri. At the SEC Championships, Luht finished in fourth place in the 100 Back with a time of 46.02. Niamh Robinson was the third Tiger to qualify for NCAA’s. Throughout the season, the freshman moved up to No. 3 all-time in LSU history in the 100 Breast and No. 1 in the 200 Breast. At the SEC championships, Robinson finished in fifth place in the 200 Breast and and sixth in the 100 Breast.
For the 2018-2019 season, Geyer led the way for three swimmers, Haylee Knight, Summer Spradley, Karl Luht, to advance to the NCAA Championships. Knight qualified for the 50 and 100-Yard Freestyle and the 100-Yard Butterfly, Spradley qualified for the 100 and 200-Yard Breaststroke, and Luht qualified for the 100-Yard Backstroke and Freestyle.
Four school records were broken during the season. Haylee Knight broke her own record in the 100-Yard Fly by swimming a 51.71 at the 2019 SEC Championships. Karl Luht set a new record at the SEC Championships with a 45.58 in the 100-Yard Backstroke as well as did Summer Spradley who set a new record in the 200-Yard Backstroke with a time of 2:10.10. The team of Kate Zimmer, Helen Grossman, Haylee Knight, and Summer Spradley set a school record in the 400-Medley Relay with a time of 3:33.10.
Outside of the pool, 24 Tigers were named to the Southeastern Conference Winter Academic Honor Roll bringing the total amount of honorees over Geyer’s tenure up to 136 student-athletes. Alarii Levreault-Lopez was named to the Tiger Twelve Class of 2019. Kate Zimmer and Thomas Smith were nominated for the H. Boyd McWhorter Scholar-Athlete Post-Graduate Scholarship by LSU.
In 2016 and 2017, Geyer has led the program to new heights with the largest group sent to NCAA Championships. In 2016, Geyer led the women’s team to a 12-1 record for the most dual meet wins in a single season.
The 2015-16 season marked one of the best for Geyer’s swimming team with three NCAA All-American honors and 11 Championship qualifiers. In the pool, the men and women also combined to break 13 school records.
Logan Rysemus set school records individually in the 100 fly, 100 back and was a part of the 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Rysemus went on to earn NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors in the 100 fly and 100 back in his junior season.
For the women, Leah Troskot qualified for NCAA Championships and finished 13th in the 100 free for honorable mention honors. The Alberta, Canada native also helped lead the 800 free and 400-medley relay teams to school records as the final leg.
The Lady Tigers compiled a 12-1 record for the best mark in school history during the regular season. The squad also impressed in postseason with a seventh place finish in conference and 27th overall finish at NCAA Championships. The finish marked the best for the program since 2011 and the fourth top-30 finish in the last 10 seasons.
Frank Greeff capped off his incredible career in 2014-15 as a model inside and outside of the pool. Greeff was an SEC silver medalist, two-time NCAA Honorable Mention All-American and LSU’s nominee for the SEC McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship Award. During his senior season, Greeff also set the school record in the 200 fly, second-fastest 200 IM and third-fastest 100 fly time in school history.
Fellow captain Amber Carter also shined in her final season as a Lady Tiger. Carter earned Honorable Mention All-America honors at NCAA Championships in the 100 fly. Carter also tied the school in the event during prelims of NCAA’s. In addition to her performance at NCAA’s, Carter helped set the school record in the 400-medely relay at SEC’s.
Kara Kopcso dominated in the pool for LSU with three individual records, a relay record and an NCAA Honorable Mention All-America honor. Kopcso finished 12th overall in the 200 fly for her All-America performance and school record. The Mandeville, Louisiana native also set records individually in the 200 IM and 400 IM.
During the 2012-13 season, both programs enjoyed postseason success. The men’s program broke eight team records and the women’s team broke two team records.
The LSU men’s team sent four individual qualifiers and a pair of NCAA ‘A’ relay teams to NCAA’s. The eight total competitors marked the largest LSU contingent with Geyer and Shaffer at the helm.
At the NCAA Championships, all three individual qualifying swimmers scored points at the meet and guided LSU to a 26th place finish with 24 team points overall. The 26th place finish marked the second top-26 finish in the past three seasons.
Distance swimmer Craig Hamilton picked up LSU’s first NCAA First-Team All-American honor since 2007. Hamilton finished seventh in the 1650 freestyle with a season low swim of 14:49.12 and scored 12 team points.
Over the course of his career at LSU, Hamilton swam the 10 fastest mile times in LSU history and left LSU with four program records, including a mile time of 14:45.94. The Edingburgh, Scotland native steadily improved in the event each year, beginning with a last place finish at NCAA’s his freshman year and ending with three straight top-16 finishes.
Tuomola arrived at LSU with his eyes set on capturing three individual long standing records and left the Tigers as a record holder in three individual events and two relay events. After a quartet of NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honors his freshman season, Tuomola earned a pair of individual All-American awards with top-16 finishes in the 50 free and the 100 breaststroke. In the process, Tuomola shattered LSU’s 25 year-old 50 free record with a time of 19.57, broke LSU’s 16 year-old 100 breast record with a time of 52.76 and tied LSU’s 25 year-old record in the 100 free with a time of 43.22.
Greeff earned his first career NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor and became LSU’s third All-American in the 200 fly with a time of 1:44.06, which placed him 12th.
On the women’s side, junior Torrey Bussey qualified for the NCAA Championships individually. Bussey was joined on the 200 medley relay by junior Rainey White, sophomore Amber Cater and freshman Caley Oquist.
After returning from an offseason injury, Bussey qualified for her third consecutive national championships. The Cary, N.C., native placed 21st in the 100 breaststroke (1:00.45) at the NCAA Championships, which marked her highest finish in the event at the national meet.
At the first SEC Championships since conference expansion, LSU’s men’s team finished in sixth place with a team total of 753.5 points. The women’s team came in seventh with a composite score of 494. The men’s team broke seven records at the meet (two of which were broken again at NCAA’s) and the women’s team broke one record.
At SEC’s, Tuomola (100 breast) captured a bronze medals for LSU. Tuomola nailed a fifth place swim in the 50 free with a time of 19.76, which was his highest SEC finish in the event. He also took eighth in the 100 free. Hamilton took fourth in the mile with a time of 14:53.10 and finished sixth in the 500 free with a time 4:19.57.
Freshman Danielle Stirrat picked up LSU’s 200 back record with an NCAA ‘B’ cut time of 1:55.21 and touched second in the ‘C’ final. The rookie also picked up LSU’s third fastest all-time 200 free time of 1:47.12 in a third place finish in the ‘C’ final.
Bussey achieved LSU’s second fastest ever 100 breast time of 1:00.30 and took second in the consolation final. Bussey finished sixth in the consolation final of the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.67.
The 2010-11 and 2011-12 LSU men’s team finished the SEC Championships in the top-five in consecutive seasons for the first time since the 1998-99 and 1999-00 campaigns. Similarly, the 2010-11 and 2011-12 women’s team enjoyed the finest two-year run within the conference since the 1992-93 and 1993-94 seasons.
In 2011-12, seven women, including six underclassmen, and two men qualified for the national meet. The team collectively broke six records. Eight LSU swimmers and two newcomers competed at the 2012 US Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.
In 2010-11 the LSU women’s team delivered its highest NCAA finish in 18 seasons, registering 14th at the 2011 NCAA Championships. Eight swimmers earned invitations to the national meet — LSU’s highest qualifying contingent in more than 15 years — and five athletes combined to claim 14 All-America honors.
In 2010-11, Jane Trepp became the first swimmer in program history to capture NCAA first-team All-America status in all three of her individual races in a single season with top-eight finishes in the 50 free, 100 fly and 100 breast. Amanda Kendall joined her teammate Trepp as a first-team All-American in the 100 fly, won the consolation final of the 100 free and also posted a top-16 finish in the 50 free.
Prior to the accomplishments of Trepp and Kendall at NCAA’s, the LSU women’s program had not seen an individual swimming All-American since 1997, and both boasted top times ranked in the top 10 nationally in their three best races by the end of the season.
Under Geyer’s guidance, Kendall exploded on the International scene after her performances at the 2011 ConocoPhillips US Nationals and the 2011 Pan American Games.
Kendall achieved three Pan Am Games records in the 4×100-meter free (3:40.66), 4×200-meter free (8:01.18) and 4×100-meter medley (4:01.00) relay. She also earned a gold medal in the 100 free with a lifetime best of 54.75. Her 100 free mark was the seventh fastest time in the 100 free by an American in the 2011 cycle.
Kendall qualified for the Pan Am Games after setting four lifetime bests and placing in four finals at the 2011 National Championships. She made the ‘A’ Final and finished seventh overall with a time of 55.08 in the 100m free and competed in the consolation finals of the 50m free (25.84), 100m butterfly (1:00.00) and 200m free (2:00.14).
On the men’s side, Hannes Heyl and Hamilton gave the Tigers a 26th-place finish at NCAA’s, their highest finish since 2005.
Heyl proved to be one of the top 100 butterfly performers in the country, racing to a new program record of 45.77 in the NCAA prelims before collecting his first career first-team All-America accolade with a seventh-place finish in the championship final. Hamilton took 15th and aquired his first career honorable mention All-America honor in the 1650 free.
In addition to their success at NCAA’s, the men’s and women’s teams burst onto the scene and turned some heads both nationally and in the conference with their stellar performances at the 2011 SEC Championships. The Lady Tigers and Tigers each placed fifth at SEC’s, marking the first time both teams posted top-five finishes at the conference championships in a single season since 2000.
However, the squads stood out way beyond the team standings with a plethora of individual and relay accolades. At the conclusion of the four-day swimming competition, LSU swimmers combined to win an SEC individual championship, collect 14 medals and shatter an SEC record and 12 program marks, while four athletes earned All-SEC recognition and two made the SEC All-Freshmen team.
No swimmer had a bigger impact than Trepp, who became the first Lady Tiger swimmer in 14 seasons to win an SEC title, and she did it in record-setting fashion, breaking the league mark with a blistering time of 58.94. The senior was just the ninth individual in U.S. Open history to reach the wall in under 59 seconds.
Kendall raced to a pair of bronze medals in the 100 free and 100 fly and played a major role in helping the 200 medley and 200 free relays to medal finishes. Her 22.87 split on the fly leg of the 200 medley relay coupled with Trepp’s 26.57 breaststroke split spearheaded the squad of Ruimerman, Trepp, Kendall and Goates to second-place and an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:36.91.
Haley was the bronze medal winner in the 200 fly with a then program-record 1:56.82 clocking. Haley went from 18th in the event as a freshman to third in the league in just one season under Geyer’s tutelage.
Bussey, an SEC All-Freshmen Team performer and NCAA Qualifier, advanced to a pair of championship finals at the conference meet and broke program records in the 200 breast and 200 IM. Bussey was the Lady Tigers’ highest NCAA finisher in the 200 IM since 1997 and first swimmer to race in the 200 breast at the national competition since 2003.
Heyl swam to a bronze medal in the 100 fly and reached the ‘A’ final of the 100 back with a personal best of 47.15, while Hamilton claimed his third program record at the conference meet with a 4:22.17 clocking in the 500 free.
Furthermore, Trepp was named LSU’s most decorated scholar-athlete as she was the school’s female nomination for the prestigious SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship, the highest academic honor bestowed by the conference each year. In addition to her phenomenal athletic accomplishments, the senior also sported a 3.8 cumulative grade point average in psychology.
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 (15) and Kayda (11).
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
LSU’s Record for Women Sent to NCAA Championships in 2015 & 2016
6 NCAA First-Team All-Americans
22 NCAA Honorable Mention All-Americans
34 NCAA Individual Qualifiers
2 SEC Champions
1 SEC Record
9 All-SEC Performers
6 SEC All-Freshmen Performers
5 SEC H. Boyd McWhorter Postgraduate Scholarship Finalists
1 Tiger Twelve Honoree
19 SEC Medalists
1 FINA World Championships Finalist
69 LSU Records Broken
LSU Women’s Record for Dual-Meet Wins in a Season