Justin Walther – Founder and Head Coach:
Coach Justin Walther just finished up his first season at Winchester Thurston where his team finished 9-5 and advanced to the WPIAL Quarterfinals. Previously, Walther was a Head Boys Varsity Coach at Serra Catholic where he finished 58-34 in 4 seasons. He was Mon Valley Independent Coach of the Year in 2018-19 and his team was WPIAL Runner-Ups. Prior to being at Serra, Walther was Assistant Boys Varsity Coach at West Mifflin High School in 2015-16 and was also Head Freshmen Coach. In 2014-15, Walther was named Athletic Director, Head Coed Varsity Soccer Coach and Head Boys Varsity Basketball Coach at Wilson Christian Academy in West Mifflin. Walther led his basketball team to a 10-0 conference record and their first Conference Title since 1980. Walther is 79-45 overall as a Head Varsity High School Boys Coach in 6 seasons.
Prior to coaching, Walther played high school basketball at Pittsburgh Central Catholic from 1991-95. He finished as the school’s 2nd All-Time Leading Scorer and received numerous accolades, such as Post-Gazette All Quad A and was Pittsburgh Tribune Review East Region Player of the Year in 1995. After high school, Walther decided to further his playing career at Division I – Robert Morris College. Walther redshirted there and a coaching change prompted Walther to transfer to the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Walther finished his career with a record of 89-23 at UPJ, 2 NCAA Tournament Appearances, All-American Accolades from numerous outlets, including 1st Team All-America, East Region Player of the Year and Division II Player of The Month. He finished with 2,073 Points – UPJ’s All-Time Leading Scorer since November of 1999. Walther was also the school’s second All-Time Leading Rebounding at the time. In April of 2013, Walther was inducted in the UPJ Hall of Fame for all of his accomplishments ending a decorated career.
Walther graduated from UPJ in May of 2000 with two degrees – Business Finance with a minor in Marketing Management and Information Systems with a minor in Marketing Management. Walther and his wife Lisa reside in Munhall with their 2 year old son Declan.