Pflugerville's Coach Walling keeps on winning

Pflugerville's Coach Walling keeps on winning

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Nancy Walling knows a little something about winning.

The 24th-year Pflugerville girls' head basketball coach has led the Panthers to three previous state semifinals and her current team is 36-0 and just two wins away from another state tournament.

"It's a good feeling knowing her history and her background," said Pflugerville senior forward Jonelle Smith. "She's been here for a long time."

Walling's winning ways started as a high school player where she helped Canyon to two state championships. After that, she took her hoop talents to Austin to play for - and learn from - Hall of Fame coach Jody Conradt.

"With Conradt, probably her biggest influence was how to run a program," said Walling. "All the pieces that fit together to make a successful program - not just the X's and O's on the court"

In January, Walling notched her 600th career coaching win. Apparently it was a bittersweet moment.

"It's fun," said Walling. "It just kinda makes me feel old!"

Nevertheless, it sounds like 700 career coaching wins - and beyond - isn't out of the question.

"I'm still trying to figure out what I'm going to do when I grow up so it's not a job right now. I can't imagine thinking I would ever do anything else."

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