April 9, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz.- Former volunteer assistant Steve Walker has been named Arizona's new assistant volleyball coach, head coach David Rubio announced today. Walker, who has spent the past two years as an assistant coach at Alabama, served as Arizona's volunteer assistant during UA's 2000 Pac-10 Championship season.
"We're excited to bring Steve back to Arizona," said Rubio. "Having already worked with him, I know what he will bring to the staff. He is familiar with the program so the learning curve will not be too steep and he'll be able to step in right away with his coaching duties."
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 the two seasons, he was named AVCA All-America and All-Mountain-Pacific Sports Federation in 1995, leading the NCAA in assists and assists-per-game that season.
He also played 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 began his coaching career in 1997 as the boy's and girl's head varsity coach at Westminster High School in Westminster, Calif., as well as volunteer coaching 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. Six 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. He married the former Megan Turner of Tucson, Ariz., on Feb. 23, 2001.