Scott Hemer enters his 10th season leading the Geneseo women's basketball program in 2016-17. The 2016 Pat Summit Trophy winner as the United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division III National Coach of the Year and back-to-back State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) Coach of the Year, Hemer returns after leading the Knights to their second-straight NCAA Division III Tournament apperance as well as their fifth SUNYAC Championship game showing in the last six years.
The owner of a 165-84 record at Geneseo, including five 20-win seasons in the last six years, Hemer's 2014-15 Knights put together the second-longest winning streak in program history, totaling 19-straight victories that included a 61-54 victory over Cortland in the SUNYAC Tournament Championship game that clinched the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The streak continued with home victories over Castleton (Vt.), 84-40, and Muhlenberg (Pa.), 69-54, as Geneseo advanced to the team's first appearance in the Sectional Semifinals in 20 years. The Knights' run came to an end versus defending national champion FDU-Florham, 68-54, in a game hosted by Tufts (Mass.), ending the season with a 25-5 mark for the fourth-highest win total in program history.
Shannon McGinnis '15 capped her standout career in Blue and White by being voted only the second Women's Basketball Coach's Association (WBCA) First-Team All-American in program history, while also being named third-team All-America by D3hoops.com. Finishing as the first player in program history to break both the 1,000-point and 1,000-rebound plateaus, she finished third on Geneseo's career scoring list with 1,473 points and first with 1,011 rebounds on her way to being selected the 2015 SUNYAC Player of the Year and a four-time All-SUNYAC honoree.
In 2015-16, Geneseo played to a 21-8 mark that included a 51-45 victory over FDU-Florham in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Allison McKenna '16 garnered honorable-mention All-America honors following a career that included finishing eigth all-time with 1,219 points and fourth with 785 rebounds to become only the third 1,200-point/700-rebound player in program history. She also established a new program standard with 238 career blocks, finishing as the first Knight ever to accumulate over 200.
In 2013-14, Hemer guided the squad to a 21-7 record for its third 20-win season in four years, including a 13-5 SUNYAC mark that clinched the third seed for the conference tournament. Following a 55-52 win over Fredonia in the quarterfinals, the Knights upset second-seeded Buffalo State, 75-58, in the semis to advance to their second-straight SUNYAC final, where they fell to Plattsburgh, 57-52, in a back-and-forth title tilt. Hemer earned his 100th career victory with a 74-59 victory over Willamette (Ore.), a day after upsetting host and No. 17-ranked Lewis & Clark, 63-62, in a pair of games played in Portland, Ore. to open the season.
Hemer's 2012-13 squad compiled a 20-7 record that included a 14-4 league mark en route to the second seed and a first-round bye for the SUNYAC Tournament. Geneseo defeated Oswego, 67-51, in the semis before playing to a 64-53 setback to New Paltz in the final.
In 2010-11, the Knights raced to a 26-4 mark, the SUNYAC regular season crown with a 17-1 record and the top seed for the conference tournament. Following wins over Brockport (73-33) and Cortland (69-55) in the first two rounds, Hemer pushed Geneseo to its first SUNYAC Championship since 1996 with a 55-48 victory over Oneonta, while also punching a ticket to the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1997. For his efforts, Hemer was voted SUNYAC, Division III Region 2 and Basketball Association of New York Coach of the Year.
Hemer came to Geneseo after spending six years as the head coach at Genesee Community College in Batavia, New York. He guided the Cougars to a record of 147-40 over six seasons and, in 2006-07, participated in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National tournament after winning the NJCAA Western New York Athletic Conference, Region III and District C championships.
Hemer was the 2006-07 NJCAA National District C Coach of the Year, earned NJCAA Region III Coach of the Year on three occasions and mentored five NJCAA All-Americans during his tenure.
A 1995 graduate of Saint Bonaventure University with a bachelor’s degree in history with a secondary education certificate, Hemer’s coaching background includes four years as the varsity girls coach at Gowanda (N.Y.) High School, where he was a junior high school social studies teacher from 1996-2001.
The North Collins, N.Y. native spent one season as an assistant coach at Fredonia and three years as the head coach of the Enchanted Mountains Basketball Club Under-16 A.A.U. team.