May 5, 2020
St. Teresa’s Academy announced the hiring of Kiera Hardy as the new head basketball coach. Hardy is the 12th head coach in the program’s 44-year history and brings extensive playing and coaching experience to the storied program.
“We couldn’t be more excited for Coach Hardy and our basketball program,” Athletic Director, Ty Abney said. “She is such a quality person and has been an essential piece to our coaching staff as an assistant, we knew she would be able to step right in and do a great job. I’m really excited to watch Coach and her staff guide our young women.”
A Kansas City native and ArchBishop O’Hara graduate, Hardy attended the University of Nebraska where she led the Huskers in scoring and earned All-Big 12 honors from 2005-07. She led the Big 12 in scoring during the 2004-05 season with 20.5 points per game. Hardy is still one of the Huskers’ all-time leading scorers and sits in the program’s top 10 in several categories: Points/career (1,930) - 6th, Field Goals/career (692) - 9th, 3-Point Field Goals/career (267) - 2nd, Free Throw Percentage/career (.811) - 5th, 3-Point Field Goals/season (85) - 2nd. She was named Team Captain in 2006-07, was a Naismith Trophy candidate, a Lowe’s Senior Class Award candidate, a Kodak/WBCA Region V All-American, a Street & Smith’s Preseason Honorable Mention All-American and earned a spot at the 2005 Team USA trials. She graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in Family and Child Development and minor in Psychology.
Following her collegiate career, Hardy was drafted 39th overall by the Connecticut Sun in the 2007 WNBA draft. She later moved on to play with Haukar in Iceland (2007-08) and Strackonice in the Czech Republic (2008).
Hardy migrated from the hardwood to the bench in 2009 where she served one year as the Women’s Assistant Coach at Park University. She returned to O’Hara for the 2010-11 season as the girls’ Head Junior Varsity and Assistant Varsity Coach. Hardy returned to the collegiate ranks, and coached at Penn Valley Community College (2011-12) and University of Texas-Pan American (2012-13). Upon moving back to Kansas City, she joined the STA coaching staff, and served as the Varsity Assistant since 2017.
“I’m excited about the opportunity and will use my influence to encourage, motivate and serve as a role model for the students at STA,” Hardy said. I’m ready to get to work and look forward to watching our student-athletes develop.”
Hardy recently earned her Masters in Secondary Education and teaches business at Central High School in Kansas City.