PHS legendary coach inducted into TGCA Hall of Fame
May 6, 2020
During her coaching career at Pflugerville High School, Nancy Walling created a winning culture for the Lady Panthers that resulted in a full trophy case. On Monday, the Texas Girls Coaches Association announced that Walling will be a member of its 2020 Hall of Fame class.
With 27 years of coaching girls basketball, 25 of them at PHS, Walling amassed nearly 650 wins and guided the Panthers to 10 district championships. PHS reached the state tournament four times during her tenure.
“I am sincerely honored to join so many successful and talented coaches and administrators who have been selected for Texas Girls Coaches Association Hall of Fame recognition,” Walling said. “I always say I’ve never worked a day in my life as I loved teaching and coaching. Watching and assisting and empowering young people – whether they be students in a class, or the young women I coached – mature, grow confident, successfully deal with adversity and move on to have successes is the most rewarding part of it all.”
PHS alumnus and current girls basketball coach April Hundl said it has been an honor to take over the program that Walling built and apply the lessons her former coach and colleague instilled in her.
“I have been blessed to be coached by Coach Walling and to have been able to coach alongside her,” Hundl said. “I was able to learn and grow so much as a player and even more as a coach. She has taught me about hard work, integrity and loyalty. I will be forever grateful that she was and still is in my life.”
Walling won two state championships as a player at Canyon High School and went on to play collegiate basketball at The University of Texas. After college, she was an assistant coach at PHS before a two-year stint at Belton High School as head coach before she returned to lead Pflugerville.
As the head coach at PHS, Walling helped numerous girls receive scholarships to play basketball collegiately while they pursued their degrees. For her efforts of building young women of character and a winning culture at PHS, Walling can say she is a Hall of Famer.
Walling added that this honor would not be possible without the support she received at PHS and from the community. She is thankful for the recognition by TGCA and is amazed she is now among many of her peers whom she highly respects.
“I've received so much more from my career than what I’ve been able to give back. None of our successes at Pflugerville High School would have come about if I had not worked side-by-side with like-minded colleagues and assistant coaches,” she said. “The tremendous support from the community and PHS families who followed us, home and away, helped sustain the program as well.
“There’s a tremendous legacy of success for those who have been honored with TGCA Hall of Fame recognition. I’ve had the fortune to either know or compete against many of them, and to be placed with this group of individuals is humbling and an absolute honor.”
Joining Walling in this year’s TGCA Hall of Fame class are Laneigh Clark from Pearland High School and Lee Grisham, a retired coach from Wimberley High School.
The Texas Girls Coaches Association is the only statewide organization in Texas comprised of coaches of girls athletics, designed for girls coaches and governed by coaches of girls athletics.