The architect of the Bryn Athyn College women's basketball program, Kayla Felty is going into her sixth season as the head coach of the Lions.
In the first five years of Felty's tenure, Bryn Athyn has a 63-62 overall record and been to two North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Tournaments. In 2016-17, Felty was tabbed by her peers as the NEAC Coach of the Year.
Three of Felty’s players in the 2017-18 season totalled over 200 points. Sophomore Allie Warren, the team’s points leader with 283, ranked seventh in the NEAC for three point shots. Freshman-Senior duo of Clayshonia Cogman and Zeniyah Sanders tied for second on the team with 233 points, and both ranked within the top-11 rebounders in the NEAC.
In 2016-17, Felty earned her place as the NEAC Coach of the Year. In her fourth season at Bryn Athyn, Felty led the team to its first 20-win season in program history, and second consecutive playoff appearance, with the Lions entering the tournament as the No. 2 South Seed. Bryn Athyn College picked up a notable upset win over Lancaster Bible, defeating the Chargers 81-71 in their first home conference loss in 46 games. Under Felty’s leadership, the Lions led the NEAC with an average of 70.8 points per game and ranked second with 52.4 rebounds per game. The team was also honored with two All-Conference Team selections, with Samantha Hicks earning a spot on the Third Team, and Kristina Clark repeating as a First Team honoree, again ranking in the top-three in the conference in both points and rebounds.
Felty coached the team to another 15 win season in 2015-16, taking the Lions on their first trip to the postseason. Under her tutelage, junior standout Kristina Clark tallied 540 points and 293 rebounds, ranking second and third in the league respectively. Clark earned a selection to the NEAC All-Conference First Team, the first such honor for Bryn Athyn women’s basketball in program history.
As the first women's basketball coach in Bryn Athyn College history, Felty led the Lions to an impressive 15-8 record in their inaugural season. Notably, the team picked up a 75-57 victory against future NEAC opponent PSU-Berks.
Felty made her college coaching debut as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Guilford College in 2010 and was responsible for player development, scouting, recruiting, film exchange, and monitoring the academic progress of the student-athletes in the basketball program. In her first season at Guilford the team recorded a 15-12 record and knocked off the number one seed in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) Tournament to reach the semifinals. In 2011-12, the Quakers had an overall record of 22-7 and won the ODAC Tournament, and made the NCAA Division III Tournament for the first time since 2002.
She broke into the coaching ranks with assistant positions at Pine Grove (Pa.) High School and Blue Mountain (Pa.) High School.
Felty is a 2008 graduate of Villanova University with a bachelor's degree in comprehensive science. While at Villanova, Felty was a starting outfielder for the Wildcats' softball team for three years. After Villanova, Felty went on to earn a master's in sport and athletic administration from West Chester University. Felty played for the Golden Rams' women's basketball team for one year and helped the team win the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference East Division.
A four-sport standout at Nativity B.V.M. High School, Felty was a starter for the girl's basketball team that played in three 1A Pennsylvania State Finals. In 2015, she was inducted into the Nativity B.V.M. High School Athletic Hall of Fame.
|Kayla Felty's Coaching Record|
|Bryn Athyn (5 years)||63-62||.504|
|Career Record (5 years)||63-62||.504|