Steve Walker is in his third season as a member of the full-time staff. A volunteer assistant during Arizona’s 2000 Pac-10 title season, he returned to UA in 2003 after having spent the previous two seasons on the coaching staff at the University of Alabama.
A collegiate volleyball player at Long Beach State, Walker finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in assists per game. The starting setter for two seasons, he was named AVCA All-America and All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation in 1995, after leading the NCAA in assists and assists per game.
Walker was selected to play for the U.S. at the World University Games in 1995 and was the team captain for Arizona’s back-to-back NIRSA club national championship teams in 1999 and 2000. He was named the MVP at the 2000 championship event. Walker is also a four-time bronze medalist at the U.S. Volleyball Open Adult Championships.
Walker began his coaching career in 1997 as the boy’s and girl’s head varsity coach at Westminster High School in Westminster, Calif. He also served as a volunteer coach at Golden West College.
From 1995-98, Walker was the head boy’s and girl’s coach for the Surf City Volleyball Club in Huntington Beach, Calif. Under his guidance, the boy’s 18 and under team was ranked second in Southern California, placed second at the regional championships and was third at junior nationals. A total of nine of his club players went on to play at NCAA Division I schools.
A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Walker graduated from Long Beach State with a degree in kinesiology in 1996 and received his M.A. in teaching and teacher education from Arizona in 2000.