After a week full of rumors and comments that came off to many as non-committal, Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz said definitively on Wednesday that he plans to remain as the head coach of the Cardinals in 2019-20.
During an interview on Ramsey & Rutherford (it’s a show from 3-6 every weekday on 790-KRD. check it out if you can. if not, we’re still cool), Walz was asked straight up if he would be U of L’s head coach in 2019-20.
“Yeah,” Walz said. “Unless you guys are hiring.”
Walz did the interview while skiing in Colorado. Literally. He started the interview on the ski lift and then continued it while actually skiing. It was pretty bad ass. So were his comments about staying at Louisville.
“I love what I do,” Walz said. “I love it here. We are already recruiting and looking for players to add for next year. We’ll start workouts again here in about a week with our returning players. There are a lot of exciting things in front of us.”
There had been rumors throughout last week that Walz would be the top target of Tennessee, which just parted ways with head coach Holly Warlick. The first came via a tweet from Gene Henley of the Chattanooga Times Free Press.
“Some guy put that on Twitter from Chattanooga, whatever that was,” Walz said. “I have no idea where that came from. Nobody does. It’s just like anything else on social media, whatever you put on social media has to be true. So if you want something out there, just throw it out there.”
Wednesday morning, radio host Jimmy Hyams of WNML in Knoxville tweeted that Walz was “not a likely candidate” for the UT job.
Sources: Louisville coach Jeff Walz not likely candidate for Lady Vols job. Kelli Harper and Kara Lawson are, though some sources said lawson is not interested.— Jimmy Hyams (@JimmyHyams) April 3, 2019
Walz signed a new contract with Louisville last summer that pays him $1.475 million a year. That contact doesn’t run out until April 1, 2025.
Regardless of how it happened, it’s comforting to know that Jeff Walz is openly saying that he’ll be pacing the sidelines inside the KFC Yum Center next winter.
You can listen the full interview with Walz here.