Diane was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Parkville High School, where she earned “All-Metro” honors as a standout varsity volleyball, basketball and lacrosse player.
In 1980, Diane decided to attend Loyola College on a volleyball and lacrosse scholarship. Diane earned many honors throughout her college career including All-American and the Loyola College President’s Medal.
After graduating in 1984, Diane became the women’s volleyball head coach at Loyola College and five years later was named the women’s lacrosse head coach. She held that position until her death in June of 2003.
During Diane’s 15 seasons as the women’s lacrosse head coach, she guided her team to 10 NCAA Tournaments, seven national semifinals and one National Championship game. Diane was named the National Coach of the Year three times.
In 1995, Diane started getting seizures and was diagnosed with brain cancer. She went on to have three brain surgeries. In December 2002, her cancer became terminal.
Although she was partially paralyzed, she continued to coach. She coached her last year from a wheelchair and led her team to a number one ranking in the country.
Diane was a very humble person - it wasn’t the awards or accolades that made her special. It was her dedication to her family, especially her four children; Michael, Jessica, Melissa and Shannon.
Diane was an excellent mother and a wonderful person. She was courageous, enthusiastic, compassionate, approachable and an inspiration to all who knew her. She was competitive and a role model who lived her life to the fullest.
“How would you play
today, if you knew you couldn’t play tomorrow?”
- Diane Geppi-Aikens
Player, Coach, Mother, Mentor & Friend