I am a home town boy to the Golden Triangle area in Lake County, specifically Tavares, Florida and continue to make my home in this great community.  I’ve become well-known through a diverse range of people, primarily the youth; but it has always been my goal to make a lasting, positive impact on the community at large through community activism. I’ve always had a love of sports which began as a youngster playing Little league and Pony league baseball.  I attended Tavares High School where Ialso played football and basketball from 1976-1979.

 

After high school I spent the better part of 10 years honing my carpentry skillsbuilding roof trusses with Tien Le & Casmin Truss. Those experiences led to a passion for structural design and engineering and I received my degree in Architectural Drafting and Design from Lake-SumterCommunity College and Lake Technical College in 1998.  Furthering my education led to opportunities at Clermont & Romac Building Supplyfor nearly 20 years. My passion for sports and a desire to positively influence community youth fueled my decision to also seek employment with the Lake County School BoardTransportation Systemin 1993 as a bus driver.

 

Regardless of my personal achievements, my passion for empowering, protecting and educating youths through sports, led to creating the not for profit 5013(c) organization, The Tri-City Players in 1989.  My affiliation withSt John IFC Church in Tavares and my membership in the local Masonic Lodge #111, MADD Dads (Men Against Drugs and Destruction), the NAACPand Elks Lodge# 1578, has aided me in acquiring the tools need to further the goals of Tri-City Players while continuing to build the character of the man.  Giving back to the community that has given so much to me over my lifetime has always weighed heavy on my heart; as there is no better way to reciprocate love of your community than to nurture the children in a way that would forever impact the place we call home.

 

While I’ve certainly been fortunate in my personal aspirations, I’ve been equally blessed in the coaching arena as well.  Tri-City Players, renamed Tri-City Ballers in 2006, has become one of the top youth basketball programs in the state of Florida and that success has led to many other opportunities to positively impact the youth.  I’m or have been a part of the following organizations:

 

  1. 2009-2010Eustis High School-Varsity Boys Assistant Coach.

  2. 2011-2012Ocoee High School-Junior Varsity Boys Head Coach and Varsity Boys Assistant Coach.

  3. 2012-2013    Tavares H. S.-Junior Varsity Boys Head Coach and Varsity Boys Assistant Coach.

  4. 2013-2015Ocoee High School-Varsity Boys Assistant Coach.

  5. 2017-2018    Tavares H.S.-Girls-Varsity Assistant Head Coach.

  6. 2018-PresentWildwood High School-Boys Varsity Assistant Coach

 

Over the years, Tri-City community members, including those who support us abroad, all of the players, coaches, parents,fans and volunteers have contributed to the success and development of some outstanding young men and women.  We have watched our youth grow into adults who continue to give back to the organization.  None of the achievements below would have been possible without each and every one of you.  It is my sincere prayer that our success will continue in sports, in life and our mutual love of community.

 

CoachingAchievements

  1. 4 YBOA National Championships2009, 2010, 2011 & 2019

  2. 1 AAU 9th Place National Championship 2008

  3. 4 AAU State Championships 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2020

  4. 1AAU 2nd Place State Championship 2007

  5. 4YBOA Super Regional Championships 2009, 2010, 2011 & 2019

  6. 2Disney Classic Super Regional Championships 2010 & 2011

  7. 1 International Championship 2010

  8. 1 2nd Place International Championship 2015

  9. 25 AAU & YBOA Invitational Championships

  10. 1Tavares High School District Runner Up (Girls).2017

  11. 2Wildwood High School District Champions 2018 & 2019

  12. 1Wildwood High School Regional Champion 2018

  13. 1Wildwood High School State Championship Runner Up 2019

Coach Walt