Louisville Names Kentucky Native Jeff Walz as Women's Basketball Coach
Walz arrives at UofL after five seasons as associate head coach at Maryland
March 27, 2007
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- UofL Vice President Tom ~nbsp>Jurich and Head Coach Jeff ~nbsp>Walz
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky native Jeff Walz, an associate head coach at Maryland the last five years, has been named the new head coach of the Louisville women's basketball team announced Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich today. Walz is considered one of the top assistants in the nation after helping the University of Maryland to the 2006 National Championship.
"I couldn't be more excited about the addition of Jeff to our athletic family," said Jurich. "This addition gives us long-term stability with our rising program in one of the finest conferences in the nation. He is a great strategic coach, is a well-known recruiter, is very highly respected among his peers and is simply a great fit for U of L. Jeff is one of a few select coaches that I've had my eye on and no matter how many people we talked to, Jeff's name came to the forefront. He has been a part of nine NCAA Tournament teams, including a national championship at Maryland. We are looking for great success here under Jeff's guidance."
Walz has spent the last five seasons on the Maryland bench. His career highlights include helping guide his teams to nine NCAA Tournaments, one WNIT appearance and one National Championship.
"I'm ecstatic for Jeff and his family," said Brenda Frese."Obviously, I think Louisville has made an excellent choice and Cardinal fans will reap the rewards. Coach Walz has a tremendous mind for the game and a great work ethic. He is a very good teacher and knows how to express things in a way the kids will understand. He's been with me for six years, first at Minnesota and then here at Maryland. As a staff, we've had an incredible experience and have learned so much together. He's a huge reason for our success. He really was a person I could count on in virtually any situation and what was especially comforting was that I had a high level of trust with him. He's deserving of and ready for this opportunity."
In just five seasons at Maryland, Walz helped Head Coach Brenda Frese build a national power. Maryland has earned an NCAA Tournament bid the last four seasons, breaking through to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006, en route to winning the program's first national championship that year. Since his arrival, seven Terrapins earned All-ACC accolades, while Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman were tabbed ACC Rookies of the Year in back-to-back seasons. He also assisted in signing back-to-back top-five ranked recruiting classes in 2004 and 2005.
Walz joined Frese at Minnesota for one year after coaching for four seasons at Nebraska. At Minnesota, he worked with the posts and centers, including 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Janel McCarville, while also taking on scouting and recruiting efforts for the Gophers during the staff's 22-8 season.
Prior to his stint at Minnesota,Walz served as an assistant at Nebraska under head coach Paul Sanderford from 1997-2001. At Nebraska he was involved with all aspects of the program, from coordinating the Huskers' recruiting efforts to tracking student-athletes' academics, to scheduling and camps. He helped Nebraska to a school-record three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1998, 1999, 2000) and also coached Nicole Kubik, the L.A. Sparks' No. 1 draft pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft. By his final year at Nebraska, Walz was in charge of conducting individual development workouts as well as opponent scouting.
Sanderford gaveWalz his first collegiate coaching job at Western Kentucky in 1996 after serving as the team's administrative assistant the previous season. During that season, the Hilltoppers finished with a 22-9 record were Sun Belt Co-Champions, earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Walz began his coaching career at the middle and high school levels in 1992 and was an AAU coach from 1995-96. During his career, he has guided such players as 1996 National High School Player of the Year Jaime Walz, his sister, who now coaches the girls' high school team at their alma mater, Highlands High School. He also coached 1999 NCAA champion and WNBA standout Ukari Figgs, the University of Tennessee's Kyra Elzy, Ohio State standout Marita Porter and
He attended Northern Kentucky University on a basketball scholarship, graduating with a bachelor of science in secondary education in May1995. Walz earned his master's in education in August of 2000 from Western Kentucky.
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