Ayla Guzzardo

Head Women’s Basketball Coach
Southeastern Louisiana University


2017 – Present: Head Coach, Southeastern Louisiana University

2016 – 2017: Assistant Coach, Southeastern Louisiana University

2014 – 2015: Assistant Coach, St. Thomas Aquinas High School (LA)

2010 – 2014: Assistant Coach, University of Akron

2008 – 2010: Player, University of Akron

2006 – 2008: Player, Shelton State Community College


2012: University of Akron, Masters, Sports Science and Coaching

2010: University of Akron, Bachelors, Business Organization


Hometown: Hammond, LA

Family: Cameron, Lumen, Madden (Children)

Career Highlights

Career Division I Wins

20+ Win Seasons (1)

Winning Seasons (4)
2023-24, 2022-23, 2021-22, 2020-21

Conference Coach of the Year (1)
2022-23 SLC

Conference Regular Season Championships (1)
2022-23 SLC

Conference Tournament Championships (1)
2022-23 SLC

NCAA Tournament Berths (1)

Has led Southeastern Louisiana to 96 overall wins and four consecutive winning seasons – rebuilt a program that only had one winning season in the 21 seasons prior to her taking over (172-378 (.313) record during span) and only one winning Southland Conference record in program history

The 2022-23 Southland Conference Coach of the Year, led SLU to the program’s second-most single season wins (t-21) in the program’s Division I history (most in 28 seasons), as well as the most Southland Conference wins (14), first Southland Conference Tournament Championship, and first NCAA Tournament berth in program history

In 2021-22 and 2020-21, led SLU to consecutive winning seasons for the first time in 26 seasons

In 2020-21, led SLU to the first winning season (11-8) in 12 seasons and second-most Southland Conference wins (10) in program history

SLU’s scoring defense finished ranked 18th nationally in 2022-23

As SLU’s Head Coach, has recruited and coached 13 Southland All-Conference Team selections, as well as one Defensive Player of the Year and one Rookie of the Year

From 2010 to 2014, assisted Akron to two 23-win seasons, one MAC Conference Tournament Championship (first in program history), and two post-season berths (one NCAA Tournament – first in program history)

A Team Captain at Akron, graduated eighth in program history in career assists

News & Media

3/2/23 – Southeastern Lady Lions HC Ayla Guzzard0 (WGNO-TV)

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