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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Walz Top 100 WBB Influential People -- Tess Clark Pro Contract -- THURSDAY CARDINAL COUPLE

Jeff Walz Listed in Top 100 People in WBB

Silver Waves Media recently released their top 100 influential people in women's college basketball.  To no surprise, Jeff Walz's name was a part of that list.

The list features those involved with women's college basketball from a few different aspects including analysts, scouts, and coaches.

"In just 13 years, head coach Jeff Walz has turned the Louisville women's basketball program into a national powerhouse.  Posting only one losing season during his time, Walz has made the NCAA Tournament in 12 out of the 13 years, including three Final Four appearances.  In just his second season, Walz advanced his Louisville team to the national championship game, which was the first in program history.  Prior to Louisville, Walz helped turn Maryland into a powerhouse as an assistant and won a national championship with the team in 2006.  His 360-103 win-loss record as a head coach has him on a fast track to the 600 Club, and he will be a Hall of Fame coach before it's all said [and] done."

Walz joins the ranks of other big names such as Geno Auriemma, Muffet McGraw, Kim Mulkey, and Dawn Staley.

Muffet McGraw (formerly at Notre Dame), Kara Lawson (Duke), Niele Ivey (Notre Dame), Quentin Hillsman (Syracuse), Sue Semrau (Florida State), and Wes Moore (NC State) are the other ACC coaches listed.

Add this to the list of honors and awards Jeff Walz has racked up during his time at the helm in Louisville.  He has always been a big advocate of women's basketball at all levels and has spoken out about its lesser treatment compared to its men counterparts.

We, at Caardinal Couple, salute Walz and his staff for his accomplishments at UofL.

Tess Clark Signs Pro Contract

Some positive news in the world of sports came out this week when we learned of Tess Clark signing a professional contract with Club Voleibol Alconbendas (Spain).

The former UofL volleyball star has spent her professional career playing overseas in France and Spain, but had to quickly exit the country to return to the United States when COVID-19 first broke out.

Clark played for the Cards from 2014-17.  She is a member of the 1,000-kill club, and is ranked 21st in NCAA D1 history in career hitting percentage.  She also ranks 8th is school history block assists with 359.  She ranks 5th in school history in hitting percentage.

We wish Tess Clark the best of lucky as she continues her professional volleyball career and will continue to eagerly watch her career.

Still No Answer

We still are uncertain with fall sports, and until the ACC holds their meeting later this month all we can do is speculate.  We see new schools and athletic conferences come out each day either postponing indefinitely or cancelling fall sports altogether.

If we do see fall sports happen, we will continue to cover those sports and all the joy and excitement with them in a safe manner.  If we do not see fall sports, we will continue to provide up-to-date information on anything UofL women's sports related as we anticipate sports in the future.

Happy Thursday and Go Cards!



  1. Yes, yes, yes on Walz. I'd put him in the Top 20.

    Curtis "Be Kind" Franklin

  2. Any news on WBB on campus?

    Nick O.


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