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Geppi-Aikens, Diane (c. 1963–2003)

Geppi-Aikens, Diane (c. 1963–2003)

American lacrosse coach. Name variations: Diane Aikens. Born Diane Geppi, c. 1963 in Baltimore, Maryland; died June 29, 2003, at her home in Baltimore; dau. of John and Katherine Geppi; graduate of Loyola, 1984; m. Robert Aikens (div.); children: Michael, Jessica, Melissa, and Shannon.

Was a four-year starter as a goalie for Loyola during college years; was Loyal volleyball coach (1984–90) and became lacrosse coach (1989); while battling an inoperable brain tumor which left her paralyzed in a wheelchair, coached the Loyola of Maryland women's lacrosse team to a 1st-place ranking and the semifinals of the NCAA Division I tournament (2003); led Loyola to NCAA tournament 10 times. Named National Lacrosse Coach of the Year (1996, 1997, 2003); received the NCAA Inspiration Award (2003).

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