Geary Followed Great Advice To Hall of Fame
BY DAVE SHEA
As a member of the OFA Class of 1975 Kelley Geary was one of the most accomplished OFA soccer players and wrestlers of his generation.
He went to excel in both sports at the college level and his selection to the OFA/St. Mary's Academic Athletic of Fame in the second class was an obvious choice. He later went on to become the most successful Girls Soccer Coach in school history. He coached JV teams to four league titles in five years and in coaching the varsity team for 12 years he led the Blue Devils to five league and Section 10 Class B titles.
After his reitrement as a coach and physical education instructor at OFA, he and his wife Linda spend their winters in Florida on the Gulf of Mexico and their summers at their camp on the St. Lawrence River.
He credits great advice from his coaches and his wife Linda for his collegiate, professional and family success. Kelley and Linda Geary's three children Megan, Kelsey and Ryan all enjoyed outstanding multi-sport careers at OFA.
"I owe a lot of my success to my coaches, some are here tonight. I wasn't sure if I was going to college but Ron Johnson, Joe Donaleski, George Mattison and Steve Barlow all urged me to go to college. And so did Jim Pinkerton," said Geary.
"Ron Johnson drove me to Delhi for an interview and my wife Linda said she would not marry me if I didn't go to college. I always had a great love for athletics and things worked out well. I thank everyone who helped me. It was wonderful growing up in Ogdensburg and I love my city."
Kelley Geary's athletic career at OFA included four years of soccer, four years of wrestling and three years of track and field. He was a two-time All Northern Conference selection in soccer and was a three-time Section 10 Wrestling Champion at 138 pounds. He was honored as the league's Outstanding Wrestler as a senior and finished with a career record of 95-19.
He went on to SUNY Delhi participating in soccer and wrestling for two years. As captain of the soccer team he was the leading scorer and earned All-Regional honors. During his wrestling career he placed fifth at the regional tournament, helped his team to regional championship honors and was named Delhi's Male Athlete of the Year.
After graduating from Delhi he moved on to SUNY Cortland and played midfield with soccer team for two years and helped the Red Dragons to the NCAA Division III Final Four. He also participated on the Albany Region team in the 1981 Empire State Games.
He still competes in North Country Men's Summer Soccer League and serves as an assistant coach to Lisbon Central Soccer Coach Diky Marcellus.