COACHING STAFF

 

Denver Women's Basketball Associate Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Kayla ArdKayla Ard  |  Associate Head Coach / Recruiting Coordinator

Kayla Ard will serve as the University of Denver women’s basketball program’s associate head coach and recruiting coordinator for the second straight season in 2018-19.

In her first season with the Pioneers, DU finished 16-14, the first winning season in program history since the 2011-2012 season. Denver completed Summit League play with a 7-7 record earning the No. 4 seed.

The Crimson and Gold also finished the year with multiple Summit League honors, with Claire Gritt earning Freshman of the Year, All-Summit Newcomer Team and Summit League Honorable Mention along with Jordyn Alt.

Ard, known for her strong recruiting skillset, came 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.

Ard has a great deal of coaching experience, including stops at AAU programs.

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.


Denver Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Terra MoyersTerra Moyers  |  Assistant Coach

Terra Moyers enters her second season in 2018-19 at the University of Denver  as an assistant coach for women’s basketball.

During her first season with the Pioneers, the squad went 16-14 and 7-7 in the Summit League, taking the No. 4 seed into the Summit League tournament.

Denver averaged 70.6 points per game and averaged 8.5 3s made per game. The squad also averaged 40.9 rebounds per game and helped set an NCAA record for made 3s per game (36) with Western Illinois on Jan. 24.

The Crimson and Gold led the Summit in rebounds per game and finished 46th in the NCAA. The team also finished second in rebounds (1,226), third in rebound margin (3.7), turnovers forced (15.9), and steals per game (7.5). Denver's 8.5 3s per game finished 27th in the nation.

DU's Claire Gritt was named the Summit League Freshman of the Year, All-Newcomer Team and Honorable Mention. Meanwhile, Jordyn Alt was also named Summit League Honorable Mention.

Moyers joined DU from Colorado State University-Pueblo where she served as the assistant coach under Jim Turgeon for two seasons.

During her time with the Thunderwolves, Moyers assisted a coaching staff that led the Pack to an impressive 54-10 (.843) record from 2015-17, including a school record 28 wins in 2016-17. CSU-Pueblo qualified for the NCAA tournament for the sixth straight season in 2016-17 and won its first outright regular-season Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Championship since 1987-88. The Pack earned a No. 1 seed, the highest in program history, and hosted the NCAA South Central Regional Tournament in Moyers’ final season with the program.

Prior to her time with the Thunderwolves, Moyers coached under Turgeon at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Before her two-year stint at Iowa Western, Moyers served as an assistant coach at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb.

As a student-athlete, Moyers started her career at Dixie State College in St. George, Utah, where she played basketball for two years. She transferred to College of Saint Mary in 2007 where she was a member of the basketball and softball teams. As a senior in 2010, she was named athlete of the year for College of Saint Mary and was an honorable-mention all-conference selection for basketball and an all-conference selection for softball in 2009 and 2010.

Moyers earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from College of Saint Mary in 2010 and her master’s degree in organizational management with an emphasis in sports management from Wayne State College in May of 2012.


Denver Women's Basketball Assistant Coach Tommie JohnsonTommie Johnson  |  Assistant Coach

Tommie Johnson enters his second season with the Pioneers in 2018-19. 

The program earned its first winning record since the 2011-12 campaign, going 16-14 and 7-7 in Summit League play during the 2017-18 season. Heading into the Summit League tournament Denver scored the No. 4 seed.

In his first season, DU averaged 70.6 points per game and 8.5 3s made per game. The team averaged 40.9 rebounds per game and helped set an NCAA record for made 3s per game (36) with Western Illinois on Jan. 24.

Denver led the Summit League in rebounds per game and finished 46th in the NCAA. The squad also finished second in rebounds (1,226), third in rebound margin (3.7), turnovers forced (15.9), and steals per game (7.5). Denver's 8.5 3s per game finished 27th in the nation.

In 2017-18, Claire Gritt was named the Summit League Freshman of the Year, All-Newcomer Team and Honorable Mention. Meanwhile, Jordyn Alt was also named Summit League Honorable Mention.

Johnson came to the University of Denver women’s basketball program from Sand Creek High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., where he served as head coach of the girl’s basketball team for one season.

In his only year at the helm of the program, two athletes were voted to the Pikes Peak Athletic Conference (PPAC) All-League team and one was named All-Area Gazette honorable mention.

Prior to his time at Sand Creek, Johnson was an assistant coach at New Mexico Junior College on the women's basketball staff before being called back to Colorado to coach high school.

Johnson also served eight seasons as the top assistant on Colorado State University-Pueblo’s men’s basketball coaching staff as the key recruiter. He helped guide the ThunderWolves to winning seasons in seven out of eight years along with hosting the first two home playoff games in the Division II era of the school. Johnson helped sign three junior college All-Americans during his time at CSU-Pueblo as well as multiple Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) All-League athletes, including a defensive player of the year.

Additionally, Johnson spent time coaching at Colorado College, Cheyenne Mountain High School (Colorado Springs, Colo.), and was active in both boy’s and girl’s AAU basketball in the state of Colorado.

Johnson played collegiate basketball at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colo., helping his team to back-to-back South Region IX championships in 1999 and 2000. He transferred to the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs and helped lead the Mountain Lions to their first-ever RMAC Tournament appearance in 2001.