Basketball

Coach Geary leaves Jets, joins Diamond Dolphins

by Kaz Nagatsuka

Staff Writer

Reggie Geary is done as head coach of the Chiba Jets, the NBL Eastern Conference club announced Wednesday.

He wasn’t out of work for long.

Geary is headed to Nagoya, where he will become the new bench boss for the Mitsubishi Diamond Dolphins.

Geary’s contract with the Jets expired at the end of May.

The 41-year-old Geary was head coach of the Jets for the last two seasons, leading the team to a 52-56 record. In the 2014-15 campaign, he guided Chiba to the postseason as a wild-card team with a 34-20 record (fifth place in the East).

Before his stint with Chiba, Geary, a former University of Arizona guard, was head coach of the bj-league’s Yokohama B-Corsairs between 2011 and 2013. He earned the Coach of the Year award in the 2011-12 season and led the team to the bj-league championship the following year.

Geary is a former NBA guard who played for the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs in the mid-1990s.

“Because he coached us for the last two years and led us to the playoffs, it’s disappointing, but we ask (the fans) to keep giving head coach Reggie Geary support,” Jets president Shinji Shimada said in the statement.

Mitsubishi hired Spaniard Trifon Poch Lopez before the 2014-15 season, but let him go after just a year. The team’s best scorer, Amath M’baye, who was second in the league in scoring (23.8 points), has left the team as well.

The Diamond Dolphins put up a 29-25 record, good enough for second place in the Western Conference, last season, but were swept by the Toyota Alvark in the first round of the playoffs.