COLLEGE STATION -- After eight years as an assistant basketball coach at Minnesota, Bill Walker has been named video coordinator at Texas A&M, Head Coach Mark Turgeon said Thursday.
³I¹ve known Bill for a long time,² Turgeon said. ³You want people on your staff to be loyal to you and your university and that¹s what Bill will be.
He may be overqualified to be our video coordinator, but he will do a great job. He will help us in many aspects and his knowledge and experience will greatly enhance our staff and program.²
³I¹m extremely excited about the opportunity to come to Texas A&M and work with Coach Turgeon and his staff,² Walker said. ³A&M is a world class university and is an emerging national power in basketball. And obviously, the community is a great place to live, work and raise a family.²
At Minnesota from 1998-07, Walker was responsible for recruiting Big 10 Freshman of the Year Kris Humphries, who was a first-round lottery pick by the Utah Jazz in 2005. He also recruited 2005 first-team All-Big Ten performer Vincent Grier and the 2001 recruiting class that included 2002 Big Ten Freshman of the Year Rick Rickert. That class was ranked among the top 10 in the nation by many publications.
The 42-year-old Walker came to the Golden Gophers after spending three seasons as the top assistant coach at Central Missouri State from 1996-99, where his teams posted a 51-33 record, including a 21-6 mark in 1996-97.
Walker was responsible for recruiting Antonio Rivers, a Division III
All-American, who had a long professional career in Europe.
Prior to his stint at Central Missouri State, Walker was an assistant at
Missouri-St. Louis for eight years from 1989-96. The 1991-92 squad had the best record in school history with a 22-6 mark. He signed players who were named to the all-freshman team for five seasons, including two who were named Freshmen of the Year.
Walker served as an assistant under Gene Bartow at Alabama-Birmingham in 1987-89. UAB finished third in the NIT in 1989.
A native of Warrensburg, Mo., Walker Walker was a standout player at
Warrensburg High School. He was a three-year starter for the Tigers and helped them to a 73-6 record, earning first-team all-state honors as a senior.
He played one season at State Fair Community College in Sedalia, Mo., then transferred to Missouri-Rolla, where he played for three seasons under head coach Billy Key. He earned honorable mention all-conference honors as a junior and senior.
Walker earned a bachelor¹s degree in history from Missouri-Rolla and a
master¹s degree in education from Alabama-Birmingham. His sister, Barbara, is the associate athletics director at Wake Forest and his father, Floyd, was the athletics director at Central Missouri State University.
Walker and his wife, Karen, have a son, Vincent (10) and a daughter, Claire (9).