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Ayla Guzzardo was named the seventh head women's basketball coach in Southeastern Louisiana history on April 3, 2017. Guzzardo took over the helm of the program after spending the 2016-17 season as the lead assistant on the Lady Lion staff.

The Hammond, Louisiana native began representing her hometown university after spending four seasons on the staff at Akron. During her time with the Zips, Guzzardo worked with the point guards and coached Kasie Cassell, who led the nation with 7.8 assists per game in 2012-13. Guzzardo also worked with four 1,000-point career scorers during her time in Akron.

In her last season with Akron, Guzzardo was a member of head coach Jodi Kest's staff that helped the team to its first-ever MAC Tournament championship and NCAA Tournament appearance. The 2013-14 Zips ranked among the national leaders in scoring offense (13th) and assists (7th), while Hanna Luburgh (22.2 ppg) and Rachel Tecca (22.1 ppg) was the nation's top scoring tandem.

Prior to joining the Akron coaching staff, she played two years for the Zips. As a senior, she was ranked among the MAC leaders in assists (4.2 apg, 3rd), assist/turnover ratio (1.3, 5th) and steals per game (1.7 spg, 15th). Her 133 assists in 2009-19 were the fifth-highest single-season total in school history and she is ninth in Akron history with 238 career assists.

Guzzardo began her collegiate playing career at Shelton State Community College. She helped her team to a pair of conference championships and a 62-9 record in her two seasons.

A graduate of Hammond's St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Guzzardo spent the 2014-15 season on the staff of her high school alma mater, helping the Lady Falcons to an appearance in the Top 28.

A 2010 graduate of Akron, she earned her bachelor's degree in business organization, before going on to earn her master's degree in 2012 in sport science and coaching.