BRIDGEWATER, Va. - On Sunday, the Bridgewater College community lost a special member of its family when former coach and Bridgewater College Athletics Hall of Famer Dr. Daniel Geiser passed away at the age of 92.
Dr. Geiser is best remembered at Bridgewater College for reinstituting the football program after World World II in the 1949-50 season, on a budget of only $500. He coached the football squad himself from 1949-52, while also winning a total of 115 games as head coach of the Eagles' basketball team from 1946-56 and 57-62. Geiser guided the 1948-49 basketball squad to a 14-4 mark and the 1959-60 team to a 17-4 season, which was one of the College's best records of that era.
Geiser also coached baseball at Bridgewater, where he guided the diamond Eagles to a record of 122-106 and a share of the Virginia Little 8 championships in both 1960 and 1962. As a professor, Dr. Geiser initiated the Health and Physical Education discipline as a major and headed the first Health and Physical Education graduating class in 1952.
Dr. Geiser laid the groundwork for the success of many of today's Athletic teams, and his vision for a Health and Physical Education major has placed hundreds of teachers and coaches in public and private schools nationwide. His dedication to Bridgewater athletics and academics coupled with his genuine concern in the development of students makes him a natural selection to the Bridgewater College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Geiser is survived by two daughters, Judy Geiser of Reading, Pa., and Jean Geiser of Fishersville, Va. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Jennifer Hatter and Robert Miller; and one great-granddaughter, Jessica Hatter.
Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 12, at St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery in Fishersville. A memorial service will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Lantz Memorial Chapel at the Bridgewater Home with the Rev. Jeffery Carr officiating.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 to 7 p.m. at Johnson Funeral Service Chapel in Bridgewater.