Niki Reid Geckeler Selected as Athletic Director at Elizabeth Seton High School

Bladensburg, MD, November 3, 2023 — Elizabeth Seton High School is thrilled to announce the appointment of Niki Reid Geckeler as the new Athletic Director, effective January 2024. Niki brings a wealth of experience and an impressive track record in athletics, highlighting her journey from a student-athlete to a distinguished coaching career.

Niki's educational background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in English from Georgetown University in 1993. Her athletic career is marked by a series of remarkable accomplishments. As an Associate Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator at Georgetown University from 2017 to 2023, she played a vital role in the daily operational processes of a Division I basketball program. Niki collaborated with the athletic training and sports performance staff to ensure student-athletes' safety and overall performance enhancement. Her commitment to academic success is evident in her role as an academic liaison, resulting in an impressive 3.53 team GPA.

Niki's extensive experience includes Head Coach positions at Howard University (2008-2013) and Towson University (2013-2017), where she managed all aspects of Division I programs, mentored award-winning players, achieved high graduation rates, and actively engaged with alumni and the community to foster fundraising efforts.
Her history at Georgetown University Women's Basketball (2004-2008) and Fordham University Women's Basketball (2002-2004 and 1995-1996) showcases her versatility as a coach, where she held various positions, including assistant, associate head coach, recruiting coordinator, and more. Her responsibilities included player development, academic support, and community engagement, while she also successfully implemented marketing initiatives to increase attendance.

Niki is a seasoned educator with prior teaching experience in the NYC Board of Education, where she founded a girls' club that promoted scholastic achievement and community involvement. She demonstrated her commitment to academic and personal growth as Chairperson of the School Wide Planning Committee.

The Elizabeth Seton High School community eagerly anticipates the positive impact that Niki Reid Geckeler will bring to our athletic programs. Says Geckeler, "I am extremely honored and blessed to be joining the Elizabeth Seton Family!  I would like to thank Dr. Grillo, Principal McDonough, the Daughters of Charity and the entire search committee for choosing me to lead the athletic department at ESHS.  Elizabeth Seton’s vision of developing and empowering young women in the classroom, in their respective sports and in the community is what makes it such a special and exciting place.  I am excited about the work ahead and look forward to partnering with our coaches, scholar-athletes, alumni and the community as we pursue excellence.  Let’s go Roadrunners!"

"Niki 's exceptional background and commitment to the development of student-athletes align seamlessly with our values at Elizabeth Seton High School," states Dr. Lisa Grillo, President. "Her impressive coaching journey, strong educational foundation, and dedication to our mission make her an invaluable addition to our community. We eagerly anticipate her positive impact on our athletic programs and look forward to her transformative leadership."
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About Elizabeth Seton High School:
Founded in 1959 in Bladensburg, MD, Elizabeth Seton High School is a girls' Catholic high school offering a college preparatory curriculum in grades 9 through 12. Currently, Seton offers 13 advanced placement and 24 honors-level courses. Seton's curriculum has evolved to include four pre-career programs that provide students exposure to career fields inside and outside the classroom. Each of these academic tracks offers professional mentorship and internship programs.