I caught up with Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz at Wednesday’s Cardinal Caravan event at the National Corvette Museum.
I asked Walz about his former assistant, new WKU coach Michelle Clark-Heard. Walz discussed Heard’s first recruiting class, her coaching style and just when the Louisville-Western Kentucky series will be renewed.
Heard’s success with her first recruiting class: “There’s no surprise to me. Michelle’s a great recruiter. She’s going to go out and evaluate what she needs. It’s not all about going out and getting the best player. You’ve got to get players that fit what you’re trying to do, and I think she’s doing a great job of that. It’s going to take them a little bit of time, but I know what are her core beliefs are and what her system will likely be. She’ll do a great job.”
On Heard’s eye for under-the-radar players: “I know what Michelle can do by evaluating players. She does a really good job of seeing a kid that might not be ranked in the top 15, top 20, and she can get them and develop them into great players.”
On the future of a Louisville-WKU series. Walz says it’s a go in the coming years once both coaches adjust for larger conference schedules: “Once we get that taken care of, I know Michelle wants to play. I want to play, so it won’t take long until we’re back on the schedule.”