UofL BASKETBALL | Jeff Walz Named Head Coach of USA Women's U18 National Team

04/12/2018 11:59 AM

Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz has been named the head coach of the 2018 USA Basketball Women’s U18 National Team.

Natasha Adair (Delaware) and Cori Close (UCLA) will serve as assistant coaches.

The three of them will lead USA at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship. Dates and location are still to be announced.

“I am extremely excited to get the opportunity to work with USA Basketball again,” said Walz in a press release. “I had an amazing experience last summer in Japan as the head coach of the U23 team, and I have spent time with USA Basketball the past three summers. Working with USA Basketball is something that I have always dreamed of doing, and I look forward to leading the U18 team this summer. USA Basketball possesses impeccable standards and a winning tradition, and it is an honor to once again be entrusted with such an important role.”

The top four finishing teams at the 2018 FIBA Americas U18 Championship will earn qualifying berths into the 2019 FIBA U19 World Cup.

This past season, Walz led the Cardinals to an appearance in the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Final Four.

Andrew Chernoff

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