Post staff writer Camille Powell checks in from the NCAA women's tournament in St. Louis.
Tonight's game between Geno Auriemma's Connecticut and Jeff Walz's Louisville marks only the second time ever that two male coaches have faced each other in the NCAA women's tournament final. In 1988, Leon Barmore and Louisiana Tech topped Joe Ciampi and Auburn, 56-54.
"I would have never known that," said Jacki Silar, the chair of the Division I women's basketball committee. "I put no significance on it whatsoever."
Auriemma has occasionally talked about coaching men's basketball someday, and Walz said that he had the opportunity to switch to the men's game during his second year as an assistant coach, when he was at Western Kentucky. But Walz, who spent five seasons as an assistant at Maryland, said that he prefers the women's game, in part because of the relationships that are built.
"On the men's side, I've got a lot of respect for what they do because you have coaches that go out there and bust their tail recruiting to get the best player and then they're there for one year," Walz said. "We can sit there and Geno, you get a Maya Moore and you're going to get a chance to coach the kid for four years, and that's a pretty darned good feeling."
April 7, 2009; 11:48 AM ET
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