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Hemer named Canisius women's basketball coach

Scott Hemer, a Western New York native with a successful record at the NCAA Division III level, will be the new head women’s basketball coach at Canisius College.

Bill Maher, the director of athletics at Canisius, announced Monday that Hemer will take over after 11 seasons at SUNY Geneseo. Hemer will be formally introduced at a media conference on Wednesday at the Koessler Athletic Center.

The North Collins native and 1995 St. Bonaventure graduate, takes over a Canisius program that has not produced a winning season since the 2008-09 team went 24-4, lost to Marist in the championship game of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Tournament and earned a bid to the women’s NIT.

Hemer replaces Terry Zeh, who took over as head coach in 2004-05 and led a 21-10 team to the only MAAC women’s championship in Canisius history. It was also the only Canisius team to make it to the NCAA tournament.

"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.

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 26-0, 18-0 in Sunday and finished with a school record 28-2 mark.

Hemer also directed Geneseo to an undefeated 18-0 SUNYAC record last season. The Knights are unbeaten in the last 40 regular-season conference outings.

"… I am humbled and excited by the opportunity I have been presented," Hemer said.

Before Genesel, Hemer was head coach for six seasons at Genesee Community College in Batavia.

He coached the girls varsity at Gowanda High from 1996-2001. He also was an assistant at Fredonia for one season and coached AAU club teams.


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