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Stephanie Geehan, Braintree High/Fairfield University basketball

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Stephanie Geehan could not attend last month’s ceremony when the 2006 Braintree High girls’ basketball team was inducted into the school’s athletic hall of fame. But her role on the state championship squad was not forgotten.

Geehan is in her second season as director of basketball operations at Fairfield University, her alma mater. And the Stags were on a road trip at West Virginia the night of the ceremony.

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The 6-foot-1 Geehan was a key cog on the ’06 Wamps squad that finished 26-2 and defeated Springfield Central in the Division 1 state final. She was a fierce competitor on both ends of the court, a great shot-blocker who also possessed a scoring touch (she was the fourth player to score 1,000 points at Braintree).

“It was a great season for us,” Geehan recalled. “So many members of our senior class played together since we were 8 or 9 years old, so it was nice to finish on a high note.

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“The girls I played with on that team, like Merry MacDonald and Brittney Chappron, are still my best friends. I talk with some of them almost every day. It was nice to share that experience with them.”

Geehan (in action above) went on to star at Fairfield for coach Joe Frager, averaging a team-best 14.8 points and 11.4 rebounds per game as a senior in 2010, when she was tabbed the Defensive Player of the Year in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Geehan is one of only four players in program history to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds.

After graduation, Geehan played professionally in Europe for two years, first in Luxembourg and then in Spain.

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“Playing in Europe I had the opportunity to do a lot of traveling on off days to France and Germany, and it was a great experience for me,” said Geehan.

“I still had opportunities to continue playing, but it’s a long way from home and I knew I wanted to get into coaching.”

Geehan spent a year as an assistant coach at Daniel Webster College in Nashua before returning to Fairfield, where she hopes to parlay her basketball operations experience into a coaching position.

“It’s great to be back and observe Coach Frager,” said Geehan, who is responsible for all off- court issues like team travel, meals, and scheduling.

“Coach definitely values my input during meetings. He is so knowledgeable that I jumped at the opportunity to come back and learn from him. This is a steppingstone for me right now.”

Geehan is impressed with coach Kristen McDonnell’s current Braintree High squad, which won the state title last year for the first time since her team managed it.

“A couple of years ago when I was back from Europe, I got to work with some of the girls,” she said. “They had some very talented girls last year and they have a lot back this season. Coach McDonnell has done a great job developing them as players.”

John Johnson can be reached at jjohnson49@comcast.net.
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