Dr. Daniel S. "Danny" Geiser has been chosen to the
Bridgewater Athletic Hall of Fame in recognition of his superb
achievements as a head coach and instructor during his years of
employment at the College from 1946-56 and 1957 to 1962.
Dr. Geiser has been previously inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at his alma mater, Juniata College, where he competed in four sports and earned 13 letters. After obtaining his undergraduate degree from Juniata, Geiser completed his Master's degree at Ohio State University and went on to serve in World War II as a Navy pilot in a floating catapult plane. He was on board the USS Alabama in the European Theatre and also served in the Pacific Theatre aboard the USS Iowa. For his bravery in the observation scouting of fired-upon targets and rescue of downed pilots, Dr. Geiser was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross by the U.S. Navy.
Dr. Geiser is best remembered at Bridgewater College for reinstituting the football program after World War 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 '62. 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. He later earned his Doctorate degree from Columbia University and finished his career as the head of the Physical Education Department at American University in Washington, D.C.
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.