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Coaching Philosophy:
“Whatever it Takes.” - You have to be willing to do whatever it takes to succeed in life and on the court


Career Path:
2002-2003: Student-Athlete, Chipola Junior College
2004-2006: Student-Athlete, Southeastern Louisiana University (General Studies)
2003-2005: Assistant Coach, AAU Domino’s (LA)
2005-2006: Assistant Coach, Hammond High School (LA)
2007: Head Coach, AAU Hammond Hurricanes (LA)
2010-2012: Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator, Pensacola State College
2012-2013: Assistant Coach and recruiting coordinator, Troy
May 6, 2013: Named Assistant Coach, Clemson

Career Highlights:
Trips to NJCAA Final Four in 2010-11, 2011-12
No. 1 in NJCAA Poll for 20 consecutive weeks in 2010-11
Spearheaded eight-member 2013 signing class at Troy, which includes three NJCAA All-Americans

Originally from Hammond, LA (Loranger HS)
Appeared as the lead in 2008-09 Gatorade television commercial

Kayla Ard joined the Clemson staff as an assistant coach in May of 2013 and is in her first season with the program, coming to the Lady Tigers from Troy University, where she served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator. Most recently, Ard was instrumental in putting together Troy’s eight-member 2013 signing class, which included three NJCAA All-Americans. 

Ard will work primarily with the guards along with Daryl Oliver. Ard was a standout recruiter and assistant coach at Pensacola State College (FL) during the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons. The Pirates went to two National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) National Semifinals in her two seasons at the program.

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 Conferences. 

She worked at Troy under Chanda Rigby, whom she followed from Pensacola State before the 2012-13 season. 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. 

Ard has a great deal of coaching experience, including stops at AAU programs, and a head job at nearby Hammond High School. 

After attending Chipola Junior College for one year, Ard graduated from Southeastern Louisiana University in 2006, and earned her Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Phoenix in 2013. 

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