New CBs coach tells CF.C: I'll be a motivator

HOW DOES A coach from Toledo end up at Washington State? A coaching connection got him in the door. "I knew Leon Burtnett through other people and 'clinic-ing' with each other, and at national conventions," David Walkosky, the new cornerbacks coach tells CF.C. He'll bring with him to WSU strong coaching credentials in the secondary and special teams, plus an accomplished recruiting record.

In Pullman earlier this week for an interview, Walkosky said he knew early on that if offered the position, he'd come running.

"Who you work for, who you work with and the chance to win are very, very important. Washington State is a phenomenal place that gives me all of that."

Walkosky takes over for Kenny Greene, who left WSU last month. Last season, Walkosky's secondary intercepted 11 passes, returning three for touchdowns. The 2006 Toledo defense ranked No. 1 in the MAC in both total defense and scoring.

"I don't think I was hired for my schematics," Walkosky told "I'm going to come in and continue to do what they do and hopefully improve my individual position. I promise I will be a great teacher and a great motivator. And I'll get my players to play a little bit better than what they think they are."

Walkosky has had a large effect on Toledo's recruiting. Will Walkosky take over Greene's recruiting area in California?

"I don't know that at this time, but I'll go anywhere. Whatever the boss wants me to do, I'm going to do -- and I'm going to do it hard," he said. "I've recruited eight of the captains the last three years. I take a lot of pride in that, in recruiting character guys...But I think it's also important to note recruiting isn't done as an individual, it's the whole staff. The whole Toledo staff has assisted in getting those guys."

Washington State has used Burtnett's contacts and familiarity to recruit Texas in recent years. Greg Peterson added his Texas presence when he came on last year and the Cougs are also recruiting Colorado and Arizona more because of Peterson's contacts there.

Assuming at least some of Walkosky's recruiting territory will be in California, it will not be much of a surprise if the Cougs also now venture after a few players and areas Walkosky, a native of Steubenville, Ohio, has specialized in.

"I've moved around a little bit. I've had all parts of Ohio, right now I have southeast Ohio and Southeast Florida. I've had Western PA, Oklahoma, Tennessee and Mississippi," said Walkosky.

In addition to coaching the secondary the past two seasons at Toledo, he's also has also served as the special teams coordinator since 2003, an area the Cougs have foundered in the past few years. The Cougs have moved into a group coaching effort with each coach taking a team after Kelly Skipper, the special teams coach, left for the NFL. Walkosky said his special teams role has not yet been defined by Doba.

"I'm not sure exactly what route Coach is going to go with that, I'll take any role he gives me," he said. "I'm fired up about being part of Coach's staff. I got a chance to meet the whole staff and he has a great staff, great people. Hopefully I can carry on and add something to it."

In 2003, Walkosky's special teams finished third in the nation in punt returns (16.1 yards/return), and fifth in net punting (42.9). Walkosky has been responsible for the punt returns unit since 1999 and since then, the Rockets have blocked 16 kicks.

Walkosky began his college career at Toledo as a walk-on, eventually earning a scholarship and a starting position at free safety his junior season. As a senior in 1990, Walkosky was the second-leading tackler on a UT squad that was MAC co-champion.

Prior to Toledo, he had a coaching stint at Tennessee-Martin (1997-98), the first season as special teams coordinator and running backs coach following by one year as the team's defensive coordinator.

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