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Darrell Walker        

Head Men's Basketball Coach at University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Former NBA Head Coach and Player

Darrell Walker is in his third season as Little Rock's head basketball coach and is already causing programs across the country to take notice. Walker brings to Little Rock extensive basketball experience at both the collegiate and professional level. His playing experience includes three years at the University of Arkansas and 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association, followed by a 20-year professional coaching career, including serving as head coach for two different NBA franchises.

Prior to coming to Little Rock, Walker spent two seasons as the head coach at Clark Atlanta University, compiling an overall record of 45-18 and leading the Panthers to back-to-back NCAA Division II tournament appearances. His time in Atlanta marked Walker’s first collegiate coaching experience following 20 years of coaching professionally. Walker served as the head coach of the Toronto Raptors from 1996-98 and the Washington Wizards in 2000, tallying 56 career victories at the NBA level.

Walker also spent time as the head coach of the Rockford Lightning of the Continental Basketball Association and the Washington Mystics of the WNBA. He served as an assistant coach in the NBA for the Toronto Raptors (1995-96), New Orleans Hornets (2004-08), Detroit Pistons (2008-11) and New York Knicks (2012-14).

A native of Chicago, Walker played one season at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith before spending three seasons at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Walker earned his degree in human resources from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame in 2003 and was enshrined into the University of Arkansas Hall of Honor in 2008. He and his wife Lisa, a former All-American sprinter at Arkansas, hold a unique distinction as well as the only husband-wife tandem inducted into the Southwest Conference Hall of Fame.

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