Tulsa Names Texas' Joe Walker as Director of Football Operations
Feb. 29, 2008
Tulsa, Oklahoma - University of Tulsa Head Football Coach Todd Graham announced today the appointment of Joe Walker as the director of football operations.
Graham also indicated that co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Line Coach Herb Hand will be the director of recruiting, and Brent Graham moves over from football operations to coach the outside linebackers and serve as recruiting coordinator.
Walker comes to Tulsa from the University of Texas. A 2002 graduate and four-year letterwinner at Texas, Walker has spent the past three seasons as defensive graduate assistant and defensive quality control coach for the Longhorns. While serving on the defensive staff, Walker was a part of three bowl championships as well as the national championship season of 2005.
He helped coach all-Big XII defensive backs Aaron Ross, Marcus Griffin, Michael Griffin, Michael Huff and Cedric Griffin.
Before that, Walker spent three years at Houston's North Shore High School, his alma mater, as a teacher and assistant football, track and basketball coach. While there, North Shore posted a 38-2 record and were the 2003 Class 5A state champions, finishing with a 15-0 record and a No. 6 national ranking by USA Today.
"Joe Walker has been around a winning program and brings a great deal of experience and success to our football program, and naturally has a great passion and enthusiasm that we think he'll fit right in at Tulsa," said Graham. "Our football operations position is very important to the organization and operations of our football team. We think Joe will be a great fit in this position and have a great future in our program."
Walker earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Texas in Applied Learning and Development in May 2002.
Brent Graham spent last year as the director of football operations for the Golden Hurricane after five years coaching in the high school ranks in Texas. Before coming to Tulsa, he was the athletics director and head football coach at Tom Bean High School for one year.
Previously, he served as the defensive coordinator at Mesquite Poteet High School for two years and in the same capacity at Canton High School for one year. His defenses were among the best in the Dallas-Fort Worth area during that time. Graham replaces Jess Loepp who resigned his position to pursue other opportunities.
"Brent's knowledge of what we do and understanding of how we do it is very, very important," said Graham. "He did an outstanding job for us in organization and operations as the director of football operations, and that organization and his understanding of the recruiting aspect will really be an asset to us as recruiting coordinator."
"We think it's a natural transition to bring people in and promote from within the system. We think we have great continuity on our staff and believe it will only enhance our efficiency," added Graham.
Hand takes on the added role of director of recruiting for the Hurricane, a position he is familiar with having spent six years as the recruiting coordinator at West Virginia University.
"Herb has extensive experience as the recruiting coordinator at West Virginia. Naturally, his role as co-offensive coordinator does not allow him to primarily focus on this, but he will oversee and be in charge of all of our recruiting," said Graham. "Brent will assist coach Hand as the recruiting coordinator in the organization of our paper work and official visits."
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