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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Highlands' Walz Tapped for U.S.A. Basketball Job

Highlands alum, Jeff Walz. 
Highlands alum and Louisville women's basketball coach Jeff Walz has been tapped to lead the USA Basketball Women's U-23 National Team, USA Basketball announced Wednesday.

Walz will coach the team this summer in the inaugural 2017 U-23 Four Nations Tournament, played Aug. 12-15 in Tokyo. Players on the team will be U.S. citizens who are freshmen, sophomores or juniors in college.

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The gig is Walz's first USA Basketball head coaching assignment. As a USA assistant coach in 2014 and 2015, he helped both teams go a combined 12-0 en route to gold medals.

"I am beyond thankful for the honor to work with USA Basketball again," Walz said in a statement. "I had amazing experiences the past two summers as an assistant coach. Professionally, it's something I dreamed of doing, and it became a reality. Now, to be asked to be a head coach and work with these student-athletes is incredibly humbling. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and I am excited for the opportunity and eager to be entrusted with such an important role."

Walz recently capped off his 10th season as head coach at U of L, leading the Cards (29-8) to the NCAA tournament Sweet 16. He is the winningest coach in program history and has orchestrated seven consecutive 20-win seasons, including two national runner-up finishes.

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