Head Coach

Justin Walther – Founder and Head Coach:

Coach Justin Walther just finished up his second season at Winchester Thurston where his team advanced to the PIAA PLAYOFFS for the second time in the school’s history. Walther has led the Bears to the WPIAL Quarterfinals for his 2 years at WT. 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 90-54 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 3 year old son Declan.