Women's Basketball Coach Bio
Laura Kurz joins the Mountain Hawks for the 2012-13 season in what will be her first coaching gig.
"I’m really excited to be at Lehigh, which has a great history of success on and off the court," said Kurz. "Coach Troyan and Coach Rigney have been in the coaching industry for a very long time and I’m looking forward to working with such experienced coaches and learning as much as I can."
Kurz had a stellar collegiate career in which she played two seasons for Duke University before transferring to Villanova where as a senior, she was a unanimous First Team All-Big East selection, the Big Five Player of the Year, the Big East Conference Co-Most Improved Player Award and the honor of being named a finalist for the Naismith Award. In her senior season, Kurz led Villanova in scoring (17.4), rebounding (7.2) and blocks (42), and she ranked among the best in steals (26) and assists (52) while Kurz also became just the second player in program history to score 1,000 points in just two seasons.
After graduating, Kurz played professionally for a year in Greece and was then a training camp invitee with the WNBA’s Seattle Storm.
After retiring as a player, Kurz went back to graduate school where she got a master’s in Sports Management at NYU.
Kurz is a local product, graduating from Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, Pa. where she was an Adidas All-American and is the all-time leading scorer with more than 2,000 points.
Kurz also comes from a basketball family as both her parents played basketball at Lafayette and her brother, Rob, played at Notre Dame.
"Laura played for very successful high school and collegiate programs, and is a player who has had a tremendous amount of personal success in everything she has done," said Troyan. "She is player who has excelled at the highest competitive levels and brings a strong understanding of what it takes to be successful at the collegiate game. We feel she will be a great fit with our program and our staff while serving a strong role model for our student-athletes."