Bre Ladd is a former American volleyball star player, but whose claim to fame was her marriage to Luke Walton, a National Basketball Association (NBA) Head Coach and former Los Angeles Lakers basketball player.
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Early Life and Family
Breinne Filene ‘Bre’ Ladd was born on 19 April 1984 in Tucson, Arizona, USA. Her parents Robert Douglass “Bob” and Tammie Elaine Ladd raised her along with an older brother, Joshua. Her paternal grandparents are Dr. Robert M. Ladd and Virginia Ladd. Her father died of natural causes at the age of 53 on 23 January 2013; her mother remarried in 2016 to Ed King and currently lives in Salt Lake, Utah. Her brother is married to Sarah and has four children, Kirin, Hunter, Aspen, and Marley.
Another great picture of Luke Walton & Bre Ladd during their wedding ceremony in Aspen, CO.
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Education and Volleyball Career
She matriculated from Canyon del Oro High School in 2001 with honors, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Community and Public Health, a 2-year course, in 2003 from the University of Arizona. She then took up Nursing.
Bre started playing volleyball in high school, and captained the school’s team for two consecutive years, 2000 and 2001. Her outstanding stats of 146 career blocks, 146 career aces, 971 career kills, and her incredible record-holding 21 kills in a match, led her to receive many individual playing awards – most notable were the Gatorade National High School Volleyball Player of the Year in 2001, Tucson Citizen, and the Arizona 5A MVP in 2001, which was extra special since it was voted on by the coaches.
She was the top ranked volleyball player recruit after high school graduation, and topped the Fab 50 Volleyball Magazine list in 2002. Bre was also tapped to join the US Junior National Team in 2001, and competed at the Women’s Junior World Championships in the same year.
Volleyball Club Experience
She played with the Tucson Cactus Club in Arizona for four years.
From 2002 to 2004, she was given the middle blocker position in the Wildcats volleyball team at the University of Arizona. Her teammates were the equally good Jennifer Abernathy and Kim Glass. She shattered records as a freshman for most blocks averaging 1.09 and holds the record with 124 blocks. Bre was always included in the All PAC-10 selection from her freshman year up to her last year at the university.
Bre is a certified divorce coach, helping couples go through a divorce in California.
Personal Life, husband Luke Walton
She married Luke Walton after dating for seven years – she met him in 2002 at the University of Arizona. Nothing sparked during the first meeting, but they re-acquainted in 2005 and started dating. They became engaged in 2012 after he proposed to her on Christmas Eve, cleverly putting the ring in a bigger box so that she would not have any idea. She said, ‘He put a jewelry box inside of a really big box, and I assumed he’d gotten me the earrings I’d asked for. I opened the box and saw my ring, and was so genuinely shocked, even after all that time.’ Bre and Luke exchanged wedding vows on 17 August 2013 in Aspen, Colorado.
The 225 guests, half of whom were from the sporting world, had a great time riding the gondola to climb up to the peak of The Little Nell with the Rockies serving as the backdrop. Her father’s close friend officiated the wedding. They now have two sons: Lawson, born in 2014, and Landen in 2016. Currently, she and her family reside at Manhattan Beach, California, USA.
Who is Luke Walton?
Luke Walton is an American, born on 28 March 1980, in San Diego, California, USA. His parents, NBA Hall-of-Famer Bill Walton and Susie Walton raised him along with his three brothers, Chris, Nathan, and Adam. He matriculated from the University of San Diego High School in 1998, and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Family Values and Human Development from the University of Arizona in 2003.
He was a basketball player all through college, and after he graduated was the second pick during the second round of the 2003 NBA Draft, selected by the Los Angeles Lakers. He was able to prove his worth, and so when he renewed his contract with the Lakers in 2007, he was able to ink a $30 million, six-year contract. During his nine years as a Laker, they played for three straight years in the NBA Finals. His team lost the first one in 2008 but won back-to-back championships in 2009 and ‘10.
In 2012, he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he ended his basketball career there.
Luke started his coaching career during the NBA lockout in 2011, wherein games were stopped until a deal was worked out between owners and players, so he worked as the University of Memphis assistant coach.
After the 161-day lockout ended, he went back to playing in the NBA. After his retirement from playing professional basketball, he continued with his coaching career, but this time he was hired for the 2013-2014 season as a player development coach by the Los Angeles D-Fenders, an NBA Development League team.
After one season, the Golden State Warriors hired Luke as the team’s assistant coach from 2014 to 2016. During his stay with the team, he was able to add another championship onto his resume, as the Warriors won the 2015 NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Luke was also given an amazing opportunity to be the team’s interim coach, as head coach Steve Kerr had a serious back problem, and couldn’t perform his duty.
His coaching performance was recognized with NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month titles for October and December. Steve Kerr came back in January 2016 and led the team to reach the finals, but this time lost to Cleveland Cavaliers, but still broke an NBA record by finishing the regular season with 73 wins and 9 losses. While Luke was able to coach the Warriors four games more than Steve (43-39), due to NBA rules and voting results, the “Coach of the Year” award was given to Steve Kerr with Luke ranked 9th in the voting list.
In 2016, he was back at the Lakers not as a player, but as the Head Coach. He stayed with the team until 2019 with a record of 98 wins and 148 losses, which actually slightly improved the team’s record.
However, there was the controversial Magic Johnson’s resignation as the team’s President indicating reasons such as wanting to terminate Luke, but couldn’t do so for fear of conflict with the team owners. Eventually, he was let go by the Lakers management. Immediately after he mutually parted ways with the Lakers, he was hired by another NBA team – Luke is currently the Head Coach of the Sacramento Kings with Vlade Divac, a former Lakers teammate, serving as the team’s General Manager.
He had a short broadcasting stint in 2013 as a Spectrum SportsNet anchor in the Time Warner Cable network, along with former NBA player-coach, Byron Scott, joining the broadcasting team of former NBA players James Worthy and Robert Horry.
Interesting Facts, Hobbies
- She is quite fluent in sign language, and mentored the deaf and mute at the Arizona State School for the Deaf and the Blind headquartered in Phoenix, but had a local school in Tucson.
- She was on the honor roll all throughout Canyon Del Oro High School
- During college, her favorite TV series was “FRIENDS”, her favorite movie was “Pretty Woman”, and she wants Natalie Portman to portray her if her life story was ever made into a movie.
- Her favorite professional athlete is Michael Jordan for his intense competitiveness.
- One of her embarrassing moments was when her top slipped off when she was swimming.
On 22 April 2019, Bre’s blissful marriage was shaken when Kelli Tennant, a former sports anchor, accused her husband of sexual assault. Kelli and Luke worked briefly together in Spectrum Sports Net when Luke was hired to join the broadcasting team in 2013. When Kelli was writing a book, he was asked to write a foreword on it, and allegedly, when she dropped a copy of the published book in his hotel room in Santa Monica, California, the assault happened. Luke denied the accusations but admitted that they met briefly in the hotel lobby. Even the Sacramento Kings team and the NBA launched their own investigation only to find out that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to the claim.
#BREAKING #LukeWalton: #KelliTennant details allegations of sexual assault inside hotel room. She would go on to say she managed to leave the room. @NBA @Lakers @SacramentoKings @warriors @NBCLA. #MeToo. pic.twitter.com/qyfgptg8oO
— Robert Kovacik (@RobertNBCLA) April 23, 2019
Her husband’s lawyer called Kelli an opportunist. The case was dropped in December 2019 as the accuser didn’t want to participate in the investigation. All through the investigation Bre stood by her husband, and declined all interview requests by the media.
She is 6ft 1in (1.85m) tall, weighs around 148lbs (67kgs), and her vital statistics are 36-28-36. She is Caucasian with long blonde hair and brown eyes.
Sources estimated her net worth to be close to $1 million as of early 2020, and when combined with her husband’s net worth of $16 million, she and her children would have no problem living quite a luxurious life.