July 25, 2013
THE FLATS – The unquestioned floor general for the first Georgia Tech women’s basketball team to earn a Sweet 16 berth, Metra Walthour has joined the Yellow Jacket women’s basketball staff as a graduate manager.
Walthour finished her Tech career in 2012 after helping the Jackets to four 20-win seasons and four NCAA Tournament appearances, including Georgia Tech’s first Sweet 16 trip in 2012. The Hinesville, Ga., native finished her illustrious career as part of the winningest class in Tech history as she was a part of 95 Yellow Jacket victories.
“Meme Walthour was one of the best leaders I have ever coached,” head coach MaChelle Joseph said. “She helped us build this program on and off the court. It is a unique opportunity to have three of our former players on our staff. It’s a really exciting time for Georgia Tech, and for our staff and players. Meme will be a great role model for our student-athletes and her presence will make us all better.”
Walthour finished her career ranked in the top 10 of several Georgia Tech career lists. She ranked fifth in career assists (398), third in games played (128), seventh in 3-point field goals made (125), seventh in 3-point field goals attempted (389), 10th in assist average (3.0) and fifth in minutes played (3,532).
During each of her four seasons at Georgia Tech, the Jackets racked up at least 20 wins and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Walthour was a part of the only Tech class to win more than 70 percent of all games and more than 60 percent of ACC games.
As a senior, Walthour played an integral role as Tech broke several records. The Yellow Jackets finished the 2012 season with a school-record 26 wins, a program-best 12 ACC victories, a school-high tie for third place in the ACC regular season and a school-record 10 road wins. Tech reached only the second ACC championship game in program history, earned its highest seed in the NCAA Tournament, 4, advanced to the Sweet 16 for the first time and finished ranked No. 10 in the coaches poll.
“Becoming a part of Georgia Tech women’s basketball again means a lot to me, and I am very excited about the opportunity,” Walthour said. “There is no other place I’d rather be to learn and develop myself in order to prepare for a future career in athletics. I hope I am able to help the coaches and players in every way possible, and I am forever grateful to coach Joseph and Theresa Wenzel (Associate AD/Senior Woman Administrator) for the opportunity to learn and to receive a second degree. I am looking forward to more great memories with GTWBB.”
Walthour earned her degree in Science, Technology and Culture from Georgia Tech in May 2012.