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Saints add Preller, Hurst to coaching staff

Saints add Preller, Hurst to coaching staff

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's basketball team has announced two coaching additions for the 2019-20 season, with the additions of Aprile Preller and Leah Hurst to its staff.

Preller joins the Saints as a Graduate Assistant Coach, following a four-year playing career at Salisbury University. With the Sea Gulls, she played in 66 games, making one start, including a career high 22 games played as a senior.

"Aprile's passion for the game is evident. It left a lasting impression during the interview process," Women's Basketball Head Coach Ashlee Rogers said. "She is motivated to help continue the tradition of success we strive to maintain on the court, in the classroom, and the community. Aprile will be involved in all aspects of the program. Her primary responsibilities will focus around recruiting, scouting reports, and social media posts."

While at Salisbury, Preller was a two-time Capital Athletic Conference All-Academic team member.

Hurst returns to the Saints, this time on the sidelines, after a one-year hiatus from her playing career. Hurst donned the blue and white from 2014-15 to 2017-18, playing in and starting 115 games in her career. She finished her career, averaging 9.1 points per game, 4.4 assists per game, and 4.2 rebounds per game.

"As a player, I knew Leah had all the tools to be an exceptional coach. I am so happy she has decided to start her collegiate coaching career with us," Rogers said.  "Her knowledge of the game, our system, and established rapport with the Marymount community will benefit our team immediately."

She led the team to the CAC championship, hitting the game-winning shot, for the 2017-18 season, as she was named the CAC Player of the Year. Hurst was also a two-time, All-CAC first-team member, and a 2017-18 Virginia Sports Information Directors first-team, All-State selection for the Saints.