Four new faces join Denver women’s basketball coaching staff going into the 2017-18 season
Kayla Ard will serve as the University of Denver women’s basketball program’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2017-18 season.
Ard, known for her strong recruiting skillset, comes to Denver from the University of Dayton where she served as the assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for two seasons. While at Dayton, Ard coached a class that was ranked in the top 20 in the nation in 2015 and also worked with the 2015 A-10 Rookie of the Year.
Prior to her time at Dayton, Ard was an assistant coach at Clemson for two years. Clemson competes in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC), one of the toughest women’s basketball conferences in the country.
Ard also coached at Troy under Chanda Rigby, whom she followed from Pensacola State before the 2012-13 season. Ard was instrumental in putting together Troy's eight-member 2013 signing class, which included three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans.
Ard was a standout recruiter and assistant coach at Pensacola State College (Fla.) during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons before she coached at Troy. During her time at PSC, the Pirates earned a berth in two NJCAA National Semifinals.
As recruiting coordinator at PSC, Ard signed three WBCA All-Americans, and coached the players to 13 All-Conference honors. Her players moved on to earn scholarships in the BIG EAST, SEC, Pac-12, and Colonial Athletic Conference.
After attending Chipola Junior College for one year, Ard graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2010, and earned her master's degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2013.
Ard played for Rigby at Loranger (LA) high school, where she averaged 26.0 points per game, and led the team to a state title in 2000.
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