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Jeff Walz

  • As of March 15, 2022.

The head coach at the University of Louisville since 2007-08, Jeff Walz served in his sixth USA Basketball coaching assignment as head coach of the 2019 USA Basketball Women's U19 World Cup Team, which he led to a 7-0 record and gold medal at the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup in Thailand.

Following that performance, Walz was named as a co-recipient of the 2019 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year award.

He returns this year as a court coach for the 2022 USA National Team's spring minicamp in Minneapolis.

Previously, he was a head coach of the 2018 USA Women's U18 National Team, which he led to a 6-0 record and a gold medal at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship, and an assistant coach for the gold medal winning 2014 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team and 2015 USA Basketball Women’s U19 World Cup Team. Walz also served as a head coach for the 2017 USA Women's U23 National Team that captured the inaugural U24 Four Nations Tournament against Australia, Canada and host Japan in Tokyo. And, he was a court coach at the 2017 USA Women's National Team training camp in October.

Walz currently is in the midst of his 15th season (2007-08 to present) as the Louisville head coach. The 2018 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year and 2019 Naismith Coach of the Year candidate holds, through games played as of March 3, 2022, a 410-112 (.785) career record as a head coach.

So far in 2021-22, Walz and his Cardinals posted a 25-4 record, including 16-2 in conference games. Louisville is a No. 1 seed in the Wichita Region heading into the 2022 NCAA Tournament. He has coached four All-Americans, including two-time Olympic and two-time World Cup gold medalist Angel McCoughtry.

In his career at Louisville, Walz boasts 10 trips to the NCAA Sweet 16, advanced to the Elite Eight six times, the Final Four three times and twice played in the championship game.

In 2018-19, the Cardinals finished 32-4 overall after advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight. Finishing 14-2 in ACC play, the Cardinals also captured a second consecutive ACC regular season title.

In 2017-18, he led the Cardinals to a 36-3 record, the ACC regular season and tournament titles and the NCAA Tournament Final Four, and he was named the 2018 ACC Coach of the Year.

The 2016-17 season saw the Cardinals compile a 29-8 record and make a second-straight NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 appearance.

In 2015-16, he led Louisville to a 26-8 record, including 15-1 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

In 2014-15, Walz coached Louisville to a 27-7 record and the 2015 Sweet 16. Louisville ended the year ranked No. 8 in the final Associated Press poll, marking the second-consecutive season the program finished in the top 10.

In 2013-14, Walz piloted the Cardinals to a 33-5 record and the NCAA Elite Eight.

In 2012-13 Walz led the Cardinals to the program’s biggest upset in its history by defeating the No. 1 overall seed Baylor in the 2013 NCAA Sweet 16. The Cardinals advanced to the title game for the second time in Walz's career as a head coach. The Cardinals finished the year with a 29-9 overall record.

The 2011-12 campaign saw the Cardinals finish 23-10.

In 2010-11 the Cardinals advanced to the Sweet 16 for the third time in four seasons and finished the year ranked 19th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll with a 22-13 record.

In his second season at the helm, Walz guided the Cardinals to the 2009 NCAA National Championship game. He became just the second coach to take a team to the title game after just two seasons as a head coach. The Cards set the record for most wins in school history with 34-5 season in 2008-09. The program also finished the year ranked second in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll, the highest ranking in school history.

Walz made an immediate impact on the Louisville program in 2007-08, his first year as a collegiate head coach. That season Walz led the Cardinals to a 26-10 mark and the first Sweet 16 in program history, and he was named the 2008 WBCA Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year.  

Prior to arriving in Louisville, Walz spent 11 seasons as an assistant coach. He first was at Western Kentucky (1996-97), before moving to the University of Nebraska for four years (1997-98 to 2000-01), then one year (2001-02) at University of Minnesota and five seasons (2002-03 to 2006-7) and finally at University of Maryland where he was elevated to associate head coach his final year. 

During his time with the Terrapins, Maryland competed in five NCAA Tournaments and claimed the 2006 NCAA National Championship. Maryland compiled a 112-51 (.687 winning percentage) record with Walz on the sideline, including a stellar 84-20 (.808 winning percentage) record over his final three seasons.

During his one-year stint in Minnesota, Walz aided the Gophers to a 22-8 record.

Prior to Minnesota, Walz served as an assistant at Nebraska, where he helped the Cornhuskers to a school-record three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1998, 1999, 2000) and an overall 74-53 (.583 winning percentage) record. 

Walz got his first collegiate coaching job at Western Kentucky after serving as the team's administrative assistant the previous year. During that season, the Hilltoppers finished with a 22-9 record, were Sun Belt Conference co-champions, advanced to the Sun Belt Tournament finals and earned 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 in 1995-96.

A Northern Kentucky University letter winner, Walz graduated with a bachelor of science in secondary education in May 1995. Walz earned his master's in education in August of 1997 from Western Kentucky.

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