Louisville native and Cardinal legend Dejuan Wheat has had an impressive start to his high school coaching career. 42-year-old Wheat was named the head coach at Louisville Valley High School over the summer.
Despite ranking second all-time in career points (2,183) and career 3-pointers made (323) and fifth in career assists (498) at the University of Louisville, Wheat had no formal coaching experience. He replaced Joe Harris, who posted a 27-35 record over two seasons.
The Valley High School boys basketball program hadn’t had much success over the past few decades, but in his first season Wheat has improved things to say the least.
The Valley Vikings are currently 22-8 and have the second best record in the sixth region. On Tuesday night they defeated Southern in the first round of the 6th region tournament, which was the program’s first regional tournament win since 1999
The Vikings will be back in action on Friday night when they take on Fern Creek High School, who is the favorite to win the 6th region and are 31-2 on the season,
Nick Coffey is the creator and lead publisher for TheCardinalConnect.com. Along with covering Louisville basketball, football and recruiting, Nick also hosts The Red Zone weekdays from noon – 3:00 PM on Cards Radio 790 KRD.