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Contract Extensions Approved For Jeff Walz & Dan McDonnell

Chris Humphrey

The University of Louisville Athletic Association personnel committee voted to approve revised contracts for Dan McDonnell and Jeff Walz.

Press Release Below:

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – It was announced today that University of Louisville women’s basketball head coach Jeff Walz and Director of Athletics Vince Tyra have agreed to a revised contract. Details of the contract have not been released, but it will include an extension through 2024-25.

“I’m really excited to extend my contract,” said Walz. “It’s not just important to me, it’s important to our entire staff. It’s nice to know where you are going to be for an extended period of time and I’m excited about the future.”

“Coach Walz has been happy here and we’re trying to keep him happy here,” said Trya. “We’re excited that he will be here through 2025, and I think that’s important to him.”

Walz was named ACC Coach of the Year in 2017-18 after leading the Cards to a program-best 36-3 record and their third trip to the Final Four (2009, 2013, 2018). Their three appearances in the Final Four in the past 10 years rank fourth in the country.

In his 11 seasons, the women’s basketball program boasts a resume that includes eight trips to the NCAA Sweet 16, three trips to the Final Four and two trips to the national title game.

Louisville possesses an impressive record under Walz of 299-96, an average of 27 victories per season. For a school that had yet to win 30 games in a season in its previous 32 years, Walz has directed Louisville to 30-plus wins three times.

After being hired as the Cardinals’ head coach on March 27, 2007, the Bluegrass State native led Louisville to the program’s first NCAA Sweet 16. For his efforts, he was named the WBCA Maggie Dixon Rookie Coach of the Year.

Prior to taking the reins at Louisville, Walz spent five seasons at Maryland, including his final season as the associate head coach in 2006-07. The season prior, he helped lead the Terrapins to a school-record 34 wins and the program’s first national title.

His tenure in the collegiate ranks consists of stops previously at Minnesota, Nebraska, and Western Kentucky.

Walz received a basketball scholarship to Northern Kentucky, where he graduated from with a bachelor of science in secondary education in May of 1995. He earned his master’s degree in education in August of 1997 from Western Kentucky.

Walz has four children: daughter Kaeley, son Jacob, and daughters Lola and Lucy. He married the former Lauren Lueders in September of 2012, and the couple resides in Louisville.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville Athletic Association Board of Directors approved new contract terms for head baseball coach Dan McDonnell during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled meeting at Grawemeyer Hall.

“Dan’s been happy at the University of Louisville for a long time and we’re making sure he’s happy into the future. When you have quality coaches, we know they’re going to be approached with other opportunities, but I’m confident we have everything here Dan wants and needs in order to continue in our pursuit of winning a national championship,” said UofL Vice President for Intercollegiate Athletics Vince Tyra.

“The existing contract for Dan had eight years remaining on it, so that part of the deal will stay intact. There will be incremental bumps in his base salary and incentives to make sure the agreement is in line with how we like to see coaches’ contracts structured. With that said, this wasn’t focused only on the compensation for Dan but was instead more of a program discussion. Dan knows the upside of what we have at the University of Louisville and he understands our commitment to investing in all phases of the baseball program.”

McDonnell has guided Louisville to four College World Series appearances (2007, 2013, 2014, 2017), seven NCAA Super Regional berths, 11 NCAA Regional bids, eight regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles. McDonnell is a two-time National Coach of the Year (2007, 2017) and a three-time ACC Coach of the Year (2015, 2016, 2017). The winningest coach in school history, McDonnell completed his 12th season at the helm of the Louisville baseball program in 2018 leading the Cardinals to a 45-19 record overall and the team’s seventh straight NCAA Regional championship appearance.

Louisville ranks No. 1 nationally in wins during McDonnell’s 12 seasons as head coach with 554, including a school-record 53 wins during the record-setting 2017 season. During the 12-year span under McDonnell, who has a 554-222 record at UofL, the Cardinals have produced a consensus National Player of the Year (Brendan McKay, 2017), 36 All-Americans, 92 all-conference selections, six conference Pitcher of the Year winners, four conference Player of the Year winners and one conference Freshman of the Year. Fifty-seven Louisville players signed professional contracts after being selected in the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft from 2007-17, while an additional eight Cardinals were chosen in the 2018 MLB Draft.

McDonnell earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from The Citadel in 1992 and later completed his master’s degree in business administration in 1995. As a student-athlete, he was a four-year letterwinner and an All-Southern Conference second baseman while helping The Citadel advance to the 1990 College World Series. McDonnell is married to the former Julie Anne Underwood of Charlotte, N.C. The couple has two sons, Jake and Justin.

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