Tulsa Names Darnell Walker Sr. to Football Coaching Staff
Feb. 28, 2012
Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Bill Blankenship filled his coaching staff today when Darnell Walker, Sr. was appointed to coach the Golden Hurricane cornerbacks.
Walker comes to Tulsa following three years coaching the defensive backs at Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University. He helped the Bearcats post three straight winning seasons and post 19 victories in that time span. Before that, Walker spent six seasons at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as the Warriors defensive secondary coach.
"I'm excited to have Darnell join our coaching staff. He brings an incredible resume. Darnell is an excellent teacher of the game. Any time you get a man that has actually played at the highest level and is able to take those experiences and transition into coaching the way he has makes for a very impressive coach," said Blankenship. "He played corner in the NFL and that's exactly what he's going to be teaching. He's really, really good at training his players at a high level. I think Darnell is the right fit for us."
"Through the recruiting of his son, I became more impressed with Darnell as a coach because of all the work I saw him do with his son. He obviously has the ability to teach and as we started researching it, he went to the top of our list," added Blankenship.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Walker spent eight seasons in the NFL playing cornerback. He was a seventh round pick, the 178th overall selection, in the 1993 NFL Draft and spent his first four years with the Atlanta Falcons (1993-96). He enjoyed three of his best years with the San Francisco 49ers (1997-99) as he started 35 games and totaled eight interceptions.
Walker closed out his NFL career in 2000 with the Detroit Lions. He finished his career with 369 tackles, 16 interceptions and two touchdowns in 119 games played and 66 starting assignments.
A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Walker was a three-year letterwinner at the University of Oklahoma (1990-92) after spending 1 ½ years at Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College. He was named the UPI's Big Eight Defensive Newcomer of the Year in 1990, while earning first-team all-Big Eight and honorable mention All-America accolades in 1992. Walker recorded 11 interceptions for 201 return yards and one touchdown in his career with the Sooners.
Walker, 42, completed his bachelor's degree in general studies at Northeastern (Okla.) State.
Walker's son, Darnell Jr., signed a national letter-of-intent in February to continue his education and football career at The University of Tulsa. He also has a daughter, Derra.
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