SEARCY – Harding University head women's basketball coach Tim Kirby announced Wednesday the hiring David Walker as the Lady Bisons' new assistant coach. Walker replaces Shane Fullerton, who had been the assistant coach since 2005-06 and was the Harding baseball coach from 1997-2005.
Walker recently completed his second season as a graduate assistant with the University of Arkansas women's basketball team.
A 2008 Harding graduate, Walker served the 2007-08 season as a student assistant with the Lady Bisons.
"We are very excited about Coach Walker coming back to our program," Kirby said. "He had a great opportunity to spend the last two years at the University of Arkansas and get some valuable experience."
Walker transferred to Harding from the University of Oklahoma after spending two seasons on the Sooner football team and was a member of the 2002 Big 12 champions, 2003 Rose Bowl champions and the 2004 national runner-up team. He lettered two seasons on the football team at Harding, playing in 18 games on the offensive line.
"Coach Walker has experienced athletics on a very high level and will bring that mentality to this team," said Kirby.
Walker attended Fort Gibson (Okla.) High School and was a two-sport star, playing both football and basketball. On the hardwood, he earned All-State honors in leading Fort Gibson to a state tournament appearance as a senior.
Walker is the fourth generation of basketball coaches in his family. His father, Jerry, is the head girls basketball coach at Fort Gibson, and his brother, Jeff, is a graduate assistant with the Harding women.
"Coach Walker is a student of the game and will be involved in all areas of this program," Kirby said. "He has the ability and desire to bring in some great student athletes to the Lady Bison program."
The 26-year-old is married to the former Laura Merritt, a 2009 Harding graduate.