With over 10 years of collegiate coaching experience, long-time assistant coach Jeff Walz was promoted to Associate Head Coach after helping to guide the "young" Maryland Terrapins to its first NCAA Final Four under head coach Brenda Frese and the program's first NCAA Championship crown.
Entering his fifth season on the Maryland bench, Walz came to College Park prior to the 2002-03 season after stints at Minnesota, Nebraska and Western Kentucky. His career highlights include helping guide his teams to eight NCAA Tournaments, one WNIT appearance and one National Championship.
"Jeff is extremely talented in many areas. He does a tremendous job on the floor in practices, games and with player development," said head coach Brenda Frese. "He is extremely organized and efficient, and its shows in everything he does for our program."
In his four seasons at College Park, the Terps have continued to raise the bar. Maryland has earned an NCAA Tournament bid the last three seasons, breaking through to the Sweet Sixteen in 2006, en route to winning the program's first national championship.
Since his arrival, seven Terrapins have garned All-ACC accolades, while Crystal Langhorne and Marissa Coleman were tabbed ACC Rookies of the Year in back-to-back seasons. He also assisted in the Terrapin coaching staff's recruiting efforts to sign back-to-back top-five ranked recruiting classes in 2004 and 2005.
A scholarship player for Northern Kentucky from 1990-93, Walz was with Frese at Minnesota for one year after coaching for four seasons at Nebraska. At Minnesota, he worked with the posts and centers, including 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Janel McCarville, while also taking on scouting and recruiting efforts for the Gophers during the staff's 22-8 season.
While with the Cornhuskers from 1997-2001, Walz was involved with all aspects of the program, from coordinating the Huskers' recruiting efforts to tracking student-athletes' academics, to scheduling and camps. He helped Nebraska to a school-record three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances (1998, 1999, 2000) and also coached the L.A. Sparks' No. 1 draft pick in the 2000 WNBA Draft, Nicole Kubik. By his final year at Nebraska, Walz was in charge of conducting individual development workouts as well as opponent scouting.
Walz began his collegiate coaching career at Western Kentucky in 1996 after serving as the team's administrative assistant the previous season. He started coaching at the middle and high school levels in 1992 and was an AAU coach from 1995-96. During his career, he has guided such players as 1999 NCAA champion and WNBA standout Ukari Figgs, the University of Tennessee's Kyra Elzy, Ohio State standout Marita Porter and 1996 National High School Player of the Year Jaime Walz, his sister, who now coaches the girls' high school team at their alma mater, Highlands High School.
He attended Northern Kentucky University on a basketball scholarship, graduating with a bachelor of science in secondary education in May 1995. Walz earned his master's in education in August of 2000 from Western Kentucky.
Walz exchanged vows with Kim Kumfer on May 17, 2003. The couple are the parents of one-year old Kaeley Thöney and are expecting their second child on February 1, 2007. Walz and his family reside in Crofton, Md.
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