Okay, in all honesty, not sure how much of this really was a secret as the rumors surrounding AAU T-Mac All-Star Coach Chris Walker joining the New Mexico coaching staff had started right after the Lobo Elite camp a couple of month ago. Today the "rumors" became official as Coach Chris Walker joined the Lobo Coaching staff.
I along with most of the local media left the Tow Diehm facility and went across the street to The Davalos Dome to meet Coach Walker. Rather than write a story, I'll just give you the recordings that I have where the entire Albuquerque media showed up and asked questions about Coach Walker, his background, and how tough it has been being the AAU Coach of the T-Mac All-Stars while being a future assistant for UNM.
Here is the official announcement from the University of New Mexico
University of New Mexico men's basketball head coach Steve Alford announced the hiring of assistant coach Chris Walker today. Walker has spent 12 years as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, including stops a UMASS, Villanova, Pepperdine, Vanderbilt and Loyola-Marymount.
"We are excited to have Chris Walker join our staff," stated Alford. "He has coached at different places all over the country and has had success throughout his career at the collegiate level. Being a Houston native, he also gives us ties to a very large recruiting base in Texas."
Walker has spent the last two years as the Southwest Grassroots Director for Adidas America in Houston, Texas. He was also the head coach of the T-MAC All-Stars, an amateur club team based out of Houston.
Walker's most recent collegiate coaching stop came at the University of Massachusetts where he was an assistant under former head coach Steve Lappas. He was on the Minutemen sidelines for three seasons from 2001-05. He had a one-year hiatus from collegiate coaching in 2004 when he was the President/CEO of Spearhead Sports LLC in his native city of Houston, Texas.
Prior to joining the Minutemen staff, Walker spent the 2000-01 season as an assistant coach for Lappas at Villanova. He was also the associate head coach at both Pepperdine (1999-00) and Vanderbilt (1996-99). He began his coaching career at Loyola Marymount in 1992, where he worked until moving to Vanderbilt.
A two-time All-Big Five selection, Walker started 96 games at point guard for the Wildcats and coach Rollie Massimino from 1988-1992. He led Villanova in assists for three straight seasons, recording 404 career assists. Walker led the Wildcats to four postseason bids (two NCAA, two NIT) during his collegiate career.
Born on Christmas Day 1969, Walker graduated from Villanova in 1992 with a
B.A. degree in communications.