Terrapins Face an Old Friend in Walz
RALEIGH, N.C. — Louisville Coach Jeff Walz spent six seasons — one at Minnesota and five at Maryland — as an assistant to Brenda Frese. That familiarity with the Terrapins' personnel and coaching style should help the Cardinals tonight, he said.
"There's not going to be a surprise of individual skill," said Walz, who was named the WBCA/Maggie Dixon rookie coach of the year in 2008 after leading the Cardinals to their first-ever berth in the round of 16. "I'm familiar with all of their kids. I recruited them and coached a few of them. Now it's going to come down to what team executes the best on the offensive and defensive ends of the floor."
Frese played down the meeting between the two coaches, saying: "Obviously I think both coaches are going to be well prepared. Obviously when the ball tips, it's Maryland versus Louisville. It doesn't have anything to do with two coaches."
Walz, who is known for his intense style, was on the bench when Maryland won the NCAA title in 2006. He left for the Louisville job following the 2006-07 season. He says that he still keeps in touch with some of his former players at Maryland, and several Terrapins were at McDonough Arena on Jan. 17 when the Cardinals visited Georgetown. He also hears from senior Marissa Coleman via text message and Facebook. (Both coaches, incidentally, have Facebook profiles; Frese has 349 friends and Walz has 294.)
Senior Kristi Toliver credited Walz with showing her a different side of herself. "He wasn't afraid to speak his mind with me," she said. "He is very blunt and bold with his approach towards his players. I was able to learn a lot from him in how to handle situations and how to respond to certain situations, so I think that's what I got the most out of the time we spent together."
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