Former NBA player and head coach Darrell Walker has been named as the next head coach of the Clark Atlanta University men’s basketball program.
Walker will be embarking on his first collegiate coaching opportunity with more than a decade of NBA coaching experience, including 56 victories as a head coach in the league. Walker has also headed up teams in the WNBA and CBA.
Beyond his professional coaching experience, Walker was an All-American player at the University of Arkansas under legendary coach Eddie Sutton. After playing out his days with the Razorbacks, Walker was selected with the No. 12 overall pick in the 1983 NBA Draft by the New York Knicks. Over a professional playing career spanning 10 seasons, Walker was able to end his career as a member of the NBA Champion Chicago Bulls in the 1992-93 season.
During a playoff series his rookie season in New York, Walker set franchise bests for steals in a playoff game (seven) and series (15). As a player with the Washington Bullets (now Wizards) from 1987-91, Walker dished out 1,707 assists to sit eighth on the franchise career assist chart. He also ranked in the top-5 for guards in rebounding for three consecutive seasons and also had a season where he was in the top-10 in the NBA in assists per game.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Human Resources. His time at UA was commemorated in 2008 as he was inducted into the Hall of Honor by ranking among the all-time Razorbacks leaders in assists (10th) and steals (fourth). He has also men named to the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame (2003).
1995-96 | Toronto Raptors | Assistant Coach
1996-98 | Toronto Raptors | Head Coach | 41-90 (.313)
1999-00 | Rockford Lightning | Head Coach
1999-00 | Washington Wizards | Head Coach | 15-23 (.395)
2000 | Washington Mystics | Head Coach | 14-18 (.438)
2004-08 | New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets | Assistant Coach
2008-11 | Detroit Pistons | Assistant Coach
2011-14 | New York Knicks | Assistant Coach
WNBA Head Coaching Record | 14-18 (.438)
NBA Head Coaching Record | 56-113 (.331)