Walker, who came to USC in December of 2000 as the secondary coach, also serves as Pete Carroll’s associate head coach.
He has 13 years of coaching experience at the college and NFL level. He spent the past 3 seasons (1998-2000) as a defensive assistant for the Patriots, handling the secondary. He worked with Patriot Pro Bowl defensive backs Lawyer Milloy and Ty Law.
He first became acquainted with Carroll while serving a minority summer coaching internship with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996. He then had a similar internship with Carroll at the Patriots in 1997.
Walker, 40, began his coaching career at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, Calif., for 5 seasons (1988-92). He was the secondary coach the first 4 years, then became the defensive coordinator in 1992. Mt. SAC played in the Southern California Bowl in 1988 and the Simple Green/Orange County Classic in 1992.
He moved to the Division I collegiate level next, first for a year (1993) as the defensive backs coach at Utah State, where he developed a pair of all-conference cornerbacks, Damon Smith and Donard Toomer. The Aggies beat Ball State in the Las Vegas Bowl that season.
He then spent 1994 as the secondary coach at BYU, where cornerback Pat Mitchell was an all-league pick (Walker also coached the punt returners on special teams). The Cougars beat Oklahoma in the Copper Bowl that season.
He next was the secondary coach at Oklahoma State in 1995, coaching NFL first rounder R.W. McQuarters.
He then spent 2 seasons (1996-97) as the secondary coach at California, coaching future NFL defensive backs Kato Serwanga and Marquis Smith, before moving to the NFL’s Patriots. The 1996 Golden Bear squad played in the Aloha Bowl.
Walker, who starred in football at Muir High in Pasadena, Calif., was a defensive back at Pasadena City College in 1978 and 1979. He earned all-conference honors in 1979. He then started at cornerback for 2 seasons (1980-81) at Minnesota.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in liberal studies in 1986 from Regents College in Albany, N.Y.
He played professionally for 3 seasons, first with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 1982, then with the USFL’s Oakland Invaders in 1984 and Arizona Outlaws in 1985.
He was born Dec. 3, 1960. He and his wife, Zan, have 3 children: daughters Kesha, 20, and Kendra, 8, and son Kevan, 11.
BIRTHDAY: Dec. 3, 1960