Coming back to San Angelo Central High School was too good of an opportunity to pass up for new Lady Cats head basketball coach Arsenio Geter.
Five years after he was an assistant for the Central boys under former head coach Dustin Faught in the 2016-17 season, Geter was recently hired to replace Jordan Sarten as the Lady Cats’ coach.
Geter spent the last three years as the head coach at Abilene Cooper. The Lady Cougars went 47-47 during his tenure.
In Sarten’s only season, Central finished 18-12 overall and 7-4 in District 2-6A to earn the No. 1 3 playoff seed. The Lady Cats lost in bidistrict.
Geter has coached against the Lady Cats the last couple of years, and he knows firsthand about their tradition.
“They’ve always had some really good athletes,” Geter said of the Lady Cats. “They have a really good chance to be successful, so we’re excited about getting there and playing some good basketball and winning some games.”
Geter’s best season at Cooper was his first year when the Lady Cougars won a share of the District 4-5A title and advanced to the playoffs in the 2019-20 campaign.
Last season, Cooper finished 13-19 overall and 0-10 in district.
“We were 13-9 before district started, and every team in our district had a girl who was 6-2 or taller, and our biggest girl was 5-10,” Geter said. “We lost the rebounding battle quite often.
“And that’s one thing that we like to stress is we’re going to try to win the rebuilding battle because I know if you win the rebounding battle, you’re going to put yourself in a pretty good spot to be successful.”
The Lady Cats’ new leader talked about his style of coaching.
“We like to run, so we’re going to get out and run and we’re going to try to score in transition and play some good defense in transition,” Geter said.
“We’ll play a lot of man (defense) and pressure the ball. We like to pressure the ball and make sure that the offense puts the ball on the court, and that way we can have a chance to really make them sweat and worry.”
Geter wants his teams to be fast on defense, and “slow and methodical” on offense.
“We’re looking for layups and good shots, and we’re 100% defense first, but our defense turns into an offense,” he said.
Geter is a graduate of Muleshoe High School and West Texas A&M University, where he spent some time on the basketball team as a walk-on.
His other coaching stops were in Brenham, Brownfield, Borger, McCamey and Hondo, where he got his first head-coaching job.
You only have to spend a few minutes with him to get a feel for what he’s like to work with and be around.
“One of the things that I think is one of my specialties is my personality,” Geter said. “I kind of get along with everybody. I hold my ground, but I like to make sure that I find out what appeases most people. I’m just a problem solver.
“I’m real vocal and I communicate well, so I think that’s going to go along well with our program, with our girls and the community. I think they’re excited about the way that I talk to people and I’m able to be out and about in the community and hopefully get some people excited about our girls basketball program.”
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