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Towson appoints Laura Harper as new women’s basketball head coach – The Towerlight


By: Morgan Cuthbertson, Contributing Author
Photo by: Luke Burkitt / The tower of light

Towson University introduced Laura Harper as the new women’s basketball head coach at a press conference on Thursday, April 21 at SECU Arena.

“We are thrilled and excited to begin a new era of Towson women’s basketball,” said Steven Eigenbrot, athletic director at Towson.

Eigenbrot said Towson is hoping to find someone high-energy who knows the Towson area and has experience coaching middle and senior levels of college women’s basketball. With Harper, Towson “found someone who has that, and more.”

Harper is the 11th head coach of Towson’s women’s basketball program. She will replace Diane Richardson, who recently accepted the head coaching position at Temple University.

“I don’t think anything could have prepared me to accept my dream job here at Towson,” Harper said. “I felt at home as soon as I walked onto campus. I felt like I was meant to be here. I felt like I belonged here. »

Prior to accepting her new role at Towson, Harper served as head coach at Coppin State University for two years where she was named Middle East Conference Coach of the Year for the 2021-22 season, leading the Eagles in their first winning season since 2014.

Prior to her stint with the Eagles, Harper served as head coach at Montverde Academy where she led her team to an 18-game winning season.

Harper has experience as an assistant coach for women’s basketball programs at the University of Florida, George Washington University, High Point University, Loyola University of Maryland and American University.

“I realize more than anything that my goal is to coach and empower,” Harper said. “Towson is a championship-caliber program and everyone would be honored to lead what the student-athletes have in store.”

As a student, Harper performed at the University of Maryland where she was coached by Brenda Frese.

Harper helped the Terrapins win the 2006 national championship after being named NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player. Harper finished his college career at Maryland with 1,407 points, 873 rebounds and 198 blocks. His No. 15 jersey now hangs up in the rafters at the Xfinity Center.

After her college career at College Park, Harper became the 10th overall pick in the 2008 WNBA Draft. Harper played for the Sacramento Monarchs for two seasons before moving overseas to play in Italy, Turkey and in Russia. Harper was also a member of the U18 and U21 national team where she led the United States to gold medals in 2004 and 2007.

“Winning takes work and I know I’m here to work,” Harper said. “I can’t wait and I want to be here. Everyone here is going to have my best picture, every day. It’s who I am.

Harper commented on her relationship with the team’s former head coach and how she seeks to continue Richardson’s success with the program.

“Coach Rich coached me for a year in Maryland,” Harper said. “I’m so grateful for what she’s done here for Towson women’s basketball. I wouldn’t be in this position today without her. I know that hopefully I will continue to make her proud of what is here.

With the Tigers entering the NCAA Tournament in 2019 and breaking a 24-8 record last season, Harper plans to live up to the hype and continue the Tiger’s success.

“The first goal is to get to the NCAA Tournament,” Harper said. “That’s goal number one. That’s what’s going to drive me every day. Obviously when you go to the NCAA tournament, you’re also a CAA champion, you’re a champion of the regular season, and I’d like to tick all three boxes.