Joining Smeltzer-Kraft on the Hornets bench again this season is former Mary Washington standout Aby Diop.
Diop joined Smeltzer-Kraft's staff as full-time assistant in August 2016 after a stellar career at UMW. During her time in Fredericksburg, Diop helped the Eagles to an 88-22 record, a 2012 Capital Athletic Conference championship and a run to the NCAA Elite Eight.
The Queens, New York native was co-captain during her senior year.
In addition to her playing career, Diop has extensive camp and AAU basketball coaching experience including working camps at Mary Washington and Annandale High School as well as the US Junior Nationals.
Diop was also an assistant coach with the NoVA Heat AAU team.
Following her graduation in 2014, Diop worked in the front office for the Washington Redskins for two years and was the team's ticket operations coordinator from August 2015 until her arrival in Winchester.
Diop is involved in all aspects of the Hornets program.