Louisville coach Jeff Walz discusses Michelle Clark-Heard, renewing series with WKU next season

I talked for a few minutes tonight with Louisville women’s basketball coach Jeff Walz, who was at WKU’s WNIT home game against East Carolina.

Walz talked about the job done by Michelle Clark-Heard, his former assistant and good friend, as well as the teams renewing their series next season. Louisville will come to Diddle Arena next year to start.

Here’s what Walz had to say:

JEFF WALZ, Louisville coach

Talk about what Michelle has done in her first year: “It’s really impressive. I just hope everybody in Bowling Green really understands what she’s done. Coming in here with 21 wins and re-energizing everything, it’s exciting to see. And there’s no doubt she’ll continue to recruit and get players. It’s a nice turnout tonight, and hopefully the crowd will continue to come and get it back to how it was when Paul (Sanderford) was here and Michelle played.”

Is Michelle’s player development with Govan and Gooch something you could’ve anticipated? “Michelle’s always been really good on the floor, working with the players, and she’s got a great staff. You’ve got to have people you can count on, and you have to have players that will buy in and put the work in. But all of them can see what a little hard work does and take that from someone with a lot of passion.”

Styles being similar: “We both got most of our basketball stuff from Paul. There’s going to be a lot of similarities, but it’s really neat because I enjoy seeing how hard they’re playing.”

Renewing series and starting at Diddle: “With Michelle and I being such good friends, it’s something she thinks can really help her program, and they’ll come to our place the following year. They’re a good basketball, and they’ll be even better next year. We’re going to have our hands full. It’s a game I put on the schedule knowing that we’re going to have to come play. It’s not just a ‘show up and you win.'”

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