Laura Harper Joins MVA as Head Coach for Girls Basketball Program
Laura Harper has been hired as the new Head Coach for the Lady Eagles basketball program. Coach E.C. Hill has accepted a position at Towson University in Towson, Maryland with Diane Richardson, the 2018-19 Colonial Athletic Association Coach of the Year. We wish Coach Hill all the best in the next step of her career.
Coach Harper comes to MVA from the University of Florida where she spent two years improving the Gators frontcourt players and assisting with individual player development. Prior to that, she held assistant coaching positions at George Washington University, High Point University and Loyola University. She is passionate about the whole student-athlete and was key in increasing and maintaining team GPAs, which makes her an ideal fit for MVA.
"When I first saw the trifecta brand of MVA as 'Knowledge, Character and Community,' I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of the MVA family," said Harper. "The opportunity to become a head coach at such a reputable academy means the world to me. The potential for academic and athletic success at MVA is endless, and after visiting this hidden gold mine, I cannot wait to start!"
She earned her bachelor’s degree in communication sat the University of Maryland, where she also earned a National Championship in the 2005-06 season, as well as back-to-back Elite Eight appearances in 2007-08 and 2008-09. Harper enjoyed an outstanding collegiate career, serving as team captain for the Terrapins, earning Naismith Award Pre-Season and Finalist consideration, being named an NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and being inducted as an ACC Legends Class. She proceeded into the WNBA as the No.10 overall draft pick and played professionally for the Sacramento Monarchs and internationally.
"We are thrilled to have a coach of her caliber join the MVA team," said Headmaster Dr. Kasey C. Kesselring. "Her experience and passion for the game will allow MVA to continue to advance the trajectory of the women's program while developing young women as student-athletes who have a desire to compete for post-secondary opportunities at the highest levels of NCAA basketball."