Deanna Mayza’s name is etched in the record boards throughout The Hill School’s Sweeney Gymnasium. The 2013 Hill graduate set records in all three sports she played – soccer, basketball, and track – before embarking on a decorated basketball career at the University of Hartford and a professional career overseas.
Last fall, Mayza returned to the gym in which she set the programmatic standard of excellence when she joined Hill’s girls’ basketball staff as an assistant coach. Hill School Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg recently announced that effective next year, Mayza will serve as the team’s Associate Head Coach alongside Jen Weissbach, who has been head coach since 2015.
Mayza attended Upper Perkiomen High School for two years before enrolling at Hill as a repeat fourth form student in the fall of 2010. She quickly established herself as a dominant presence in the athletic realm, leading the 2010 girls’ soccer team in scoring and tallying the game-winning goal against Lawrenceville in overtime to lift the team to its first MAPL championship, the first of four trophies the team would win in the next three years. Mayza finished her soccer career with a program-record 67 goals.
She made arguably a larger impact on the hardwood. Arriving at Hill as the reigning Pottstown Mercury “Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year,” Mayza immediately bolstered the team’s offense. In her fifth form year, Mayza helped lead Hill to the final of both the MAPL and Pennsylvania Independent School state tournaments, earning her second “Player of the Year” distinction. On January 12, 2013, Mayza reached 1,000 points in a Hill uniform, and later that year against Friends Central she eclipsed the career scoring record of 1,201 points previously held by Maggie Edwards ’06. She went on to finish her Hill career with 1,222 points in just three seasons, a record that still stands.
Noted for her fleet feet, Mayza joined the outdoor track and field team during her sixth form year and was a member of the school record-setting 4x400 meter relay team.
During her sixth form year, Mayza signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Hartford, where she continued her academic and basketball careers. The head coach during Mayza’s first three years at Hartford was one of the most prominent point guards in women’s basketball history: Jennifer Rizzotti, a national champion at the University of Connecticut, former WNBA player, and an inductee of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
Under Rizzotti’s tutelage, Mayza embarked on a decorated college career. She was named to the American East Conference All-Rookie team in 2014 and she earned a pair of All-Conference selections. Despite missing a significant portion of her junior year with a shoulder injury, Mayza topped 1,000 career points and became the first player in program history to exceed 1,000 points and 300 assists for her career at Hartford. During her senior year, Mayza led the team in points and assists, and she graduated with her name in the top-10 of several statistical categories including career points, career three-point field goals made, single-season three-point field goals made, career assists, and career minutes played. Mayza holds the single-season record for assists with 170.
Fulfilling a lifelong dream, Mayza signed a professional contract with Lemvig BV of the Danish First Division for the 2017-2018 season. She played half a season in Denmark, leading the team with 3.4 assists per-game, before transferring midseason to the Kibirkstis Vilnius organization in Lithuania.
Ultimately, an ankle injury caused Mayza to retire at the conclusion of the 2017-2018 season. She returned to the United States and spent one season as an assistant coach at Montclair State University before the opportunity to return to Hill presented itself. Mayza joined the Athletic Department at Hill and was an assistant coach on the varsity girls’ basketball team during the 2019-2020 school year. Outside of school, Mayza coaches an AAU team.