Following three successful years and developing the women’s basketball program at Montverde Academy to the high school national stage, Coach E.C. Hill is stepping down to accept a position as an Assistant Coach at Towson University in Maryland. The Academy wishes Coach Hill much success in her next coaching endeavor. Following a national search, the Academy has appointed Ms. Laura Harper as the next Head Coach of the Montverde Academy women’s basketball program.
“When I first saw the trifecta brand of MVA as ‘Knowledge, Character, Community,’ I knew immediately I wanted to be a part of the MVA family,” said Harper. “This 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!”
A graduate of the University of Maryland, Coach Harper holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications. During her tenure at the University of Maryland, Coach Harper earned a National Championship during the 2005-2006 season and earned Elite Eight achievement in the 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 seasons. Coach Harper was a Naismith Award Pre-Season Candidate, Naismith Award Finalist, NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and an ACC Legends Class Inductee. Following a very successful career at UMD, Coach Harper was the No.10 overall draft pick and embarked on a professional career in the WNBA with the Sacramento Monarchs.
“Coach Harper will bring a great deal of experience and energy to MVA, and we look forward to seeing women’s basketball continue to advance at MVA under her leadership,” said Athletic Director, Mrs. Khrystal Phiri.
Following her professional career, Coach Harper embarked on a successful coaching career where she served as an assistant Coach at Loyola University of Maryland, High Point University, George Washington University most recently at the University of Florida.
“We are thrilled to have someone the caliber of Coach Harper to join the MVA staff,” 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 at MVA while developing young women as student-athletes with a desire to compete for post-secondary opportunities at the highest levels of NCAA basketball.”