David Greer is in his 16th season at the helm of the Warrior basketball program during the 2016-17 academic year. He is the third-longest tenured coach in program history, and the longest serving coach in the last 50 years.
His 2014-15 squad was recognized with a National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Award. WSU had a 3.136 team GPA during the 2014-15 academic year. In addition, junior Michael Lewis earned a spot on the NABC Honors Court.
He was voted the 2012-13 GLIAC Coach of the Year by his peers after leading Wayne State to a share of the GLIAC regular-season title, the first for the WSU men's basketball program since the 1998-99 season. The squad qualified for the NCAA tournament for the fourth time in Greer's WSU tenure.
Greer has led Wayne State to nine Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Tournament appearances including the 2011 playoff championship. The 2011 squad was his third to qualify for the NCAA tournament as the Warriors made back-to-back NCAA tournament appearances in 2004 and 2005, including a Sweet Sixteen appearance in 2004.
He owns a 201-181 overall record (.526) as the Warriors’ head man, along with a 141-126 GLIAC ledger (.528). Greer coached his 300th WSU (non-exhibition) game vs. Northwood on Feb. 11, 2012, and his 200th GLIAC game vs. Grand Valley State on Feb. 18, 2012.
His 2011-12 team compiled an 18-9 overall record, including a 14-5 conference mark. It marked the second straight year the Warriors had posted a 14-5 league record.
WSU's 2010-11 squad posted a 22-8 mark, the most wins since 1998-99, along with a 14-5 GLIAC ledger. The Warriors defeated Hillsdale, Findlay and Ferris State in the GLIAC tournament to claim its first post-season crown since 1999.
Greer earned his 100th collegiate coaching victory on December 21, 2006, with WSU’s 73-65 triumph over Indianapolis.
The 2004-05 Warriors rewrote the record books, but had to do it against some of the best competition around. WSU had one of the toughest schedules in the nation with nine games against Top 25 teams (at the time of the contest), five of those were in the top six in the country, including a 79-72 win over No. 2 Findlay, handing the Oilers their only GLIAC loss of the year. But the year ended in the second round of the Great Lakes Regional at No. 1 Findlay. Senior point guard Darrell Evans finished the season with the most total assists in Division II with a school-record 232, while Morris Hall and Herb Goliday tied the WSU record for games played in a season (32).
Although WSU’s 2004 GLIAC title run was cut short by Gannon for the second straight season, the Warriors earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Regional. That’s where Greer’s never-say-die attitude shined through and the fearless Warriors strung together two last-second upsets over top-seeded Lewis and Michigan Tech, only to fall to eventual national runner-up Southern Indiana by a single point.
In 2002-03, Greer’s Wayne State team finished with an overall record of 13-14 and 9-8 in the GLIAC for a third-place South Division finish. The Warriors’ season ended in the first round of the conference tournament at Gannon.
Greer, who was appointed the ninth head men’s basketball coach at WSU on October 23, 2001, finished the 2001-02 season with a 15-12 record and led the Warriors to a berth in the GLIAC Tournament. The Warriors were a surprise in the league in Greer’s first season as the team recorded a 10-7 mark in the GLIAC after being picked to finish next-to-last in the conference preseason poll.
While on the WSU bench, Greer has started to make the Matthaei an intimidating home court. In 14 seasons, Wayne State has compiled a 124-57 home record (.685), including a 39-8 (.830) tally against non-conference foes.
He has coached 21 All-GLIAC players, 16 GLIAC All-Defensive team members and 19 GLIAC All-Academic team recipients. In addition, Morris Hall earned two All-Great Lakes Region honors following the 2004-05 campaign, while Bryan Smothers garnered two All-Midwest Region accolades at the conclusion of the 2010-11 season. Ike Udanoh, a senior during the 2011-12 campaign, was named to both the NABC and Daktronics All-Midwest Region squads. Ian Larkin was voted the 2012-13 Male Student-Athlete of the Year, was selected to the NABC All-Midwest Region Second Team and voted to the CoSIDA Academic All-District First Team.
Not one to back down from competition, Greer has scheduled contests against Division I Butler, along with top-ranked Division II teams in Bellarmine, Lewis, Virginia Union, West Virginia State, Southern Indiana, Northern Kentucky, Florida Southern and Tampa.
Prior to WSU, Greer spent six seasons at Detroit Mercy, the last three as the Titans associate head coach. First as an assistant coach and then after his promotion to associate in 1998, he coordinated the Titans’ recruiting, with focus on Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and junior colleges. He also handled coaching and practice planning for offenses and defenses, and scheduled the Titans’ games.
This is Greer’s second appointment as a head coach at the collegiate level. In 1986-87 Greer was head coach at Tiffin University in Tiffin, Ohio. He led the Dragons to a 16-13 overall record that season.
In 1987 Greer moved to Youngstown State University as an assistant coach for two seasons, then he was an assistant coach at Ohio University from 1989-93. His last stop before joining the Detroit Mercy staff was serving as assistant coach at the University of Akron in 1994-95.
Under Greer’s direction, the Titans compiled a 38-1 record at Calihan Hall his last three seasons. In that span, UDM won at least 20 games in each of those three years, including 25 victories in 2000-01 and 1998-99. In 2000-01 the Titans finished 25-12 overall.
Greer was a four-time letterwinner at Bowling Green State University, and is the second former Falcon to coach the Warriors. Former WSU head coach Ron Hammye lettered at BGSU from 1974-78.
During Greer's time at BGSU, the Falcons won two regular season conference titles and finished second twice. He holds almost every assist record in program history, including career assists (768), assists in a season (242), assists per game in a season (7.6), and assists in a game with 15 against Marshall on Dec. 30, 1980.
He holds three of the top six single-season assist totals in school history, including the top two with 242 in 1981-82 and 217 in 1982-83. In fact, he has 205 assists more than any other BGSU player ever had. Greer’s 85.3 percent free-throw shooting during the 1981-82 season ranks as the 10th best performance in school history. He was named First Team All-MAC following the 1982-83 season and was also team MVP that year, while serving as a team captain.
In addition, Greer is the all-time career assist record holder for the Mid-American Conference (MAC). He was inducted into the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1999, and was voted to the All-Anderson (Arena) Men's Basketball Team in 2010.
Greer holds a bachelor of science in education from Bowling Green State.
He and his wife, Bertie, reside in Farmington Hills, and have three children, Joshua, Courtney and David Anthony.