The Women’s Basketball Coaches Association announced today that University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz has been named a National Coach of the Year Finalist.

Walz is one of 10 finalists for the award, joined by NC State’s Wes Moore, who was named the 2021 United States Marine Corps/WBCA NCAA Division I National Coach of the Year.

“We congratulate all of the head coaches who were selected by their peers as finalists for this prestigious award,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle M. Donehew.

With a 383-107 record, Walz is the winningest coach in Louisville program history.

Despite losing five seniors from last year’s team and having just one player named to the All-ACC first or second team, he led the Cardinals to their fourth straight ACC regular season title. Louisville won its first 16 games and reached No. 1 in the Associated Press and USA Today polls for the first time in program history.

A 2-seed in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, the Cardinals play 7-seed Northwestern this afternoon at 5 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

This year’s finalists were:

Amaka Agugua-HamiltonMissouri State University
Adia BarnesUniversity of Arizona
Cori CloseUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Jose FernandezUniversity of South Florida
Brenda FreseUniversity of Maryland
Wes MooreNorth Carolina State University
Kim MulkeyBaylor University
Dawn StaleyUniversity of South Carolina
Joni TaylorUniversity of Georgia
Jeff WalzUniversity of Louisville

Visit to see a list of past recipients.

About the WBCA
Founded in 1981, the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association is the professional association for coaches of women’s and girls’ basketball at all levels of competition. The WBCA offers educational resources that coaches need to help make themselves better leaders, teachers and mentors to their players; provides opportunities for coaches to connect with peers in the profession; serves as the unifying voice of a diverse community of coaches to the organizations that control the game; and celebrates those coaches, players and other individuals who excel each year and contribute to the advancement of the sport. Visit for more details about the association.

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Nick Evans
Asst. Sports Information DirectorWomen’s Basketball, Women’s Lacrosse, Women’s Soccer
University of Louisville Athletics


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