Szabla named Women’s Basketball Head Coach at Crown College

Crown College Athletics is announcing several additions to the department as Storm Athletics enters a new era pursuing excellence on and off the field. There are four staffing changes at this time, with more coming soon. Current staff members Luke Herbert and Katie Carter will take elevated roles as Crown promotes Herbert to Director of Athletics and Carter to Head Women’s Soccer Coach. The Storm are also excited to announce Leah Szabla as their new Head Women’s Basketball Coach and Thomás Pazo as their new Head Men’s Soccer Coach.

Szabla will head the Crown College Women’s Basketball program, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position.

Szabla was a two-time captain and 1,000-point scorer for the University of North Dakota during an impressive playing career at the NCAA Division I level, and earned the UND Athletics Unsung Hero award her junior season. As well as individual success, her teams also had considerable achievement, including winning the 2014 Big Sky Championship.

After her playing career, Szabla earned her Master’s degree while serving as a graduate assistant coach at Black Hills State University and then served as a full-time assistant at Wayne State College, both NCAA Division II schools. Wanting to be closer to family in the Twin Cities, Szabla joined the North Central Rams as an assistant last season and was the Coordinator of Student-Athlete Services. During her first season with North Central, the team went on to win the first UMAC Championship in NCU Women’s Basketball history.

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