Darrell Walker (born March 9, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and retired player. He is currently head men’s coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. At 6'4" (1.93 m) and 180 lb (82 kg), he played as a guard. He attended Chicago's Corliss High School.
|Little Rock Trojans|
|League||Sun Belt Conference|
|Born||March 9, 1961|
|Listed height||6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Corliss (Chicago, Illinois)|
|NBA draft||1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall|
|Selected by the New York Knicks|
|Number||4, 5, 20|
|1983–1986||New York Knicks|
|1995–1996||Toronto Raptors (assistant)|
|2004–2008||New Orleans Hornets (assistant)|
|2008–2011||Detroit Pistons (assistant)|
|2012–2014||New York Knicks (assistant)|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Points||6,389 (8.9 ppg)|
|Assists||3,276 (4.6 apg)|
|Steals||1,090 (1.5 spg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
After playing college basketball at Westark Community College (now the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith) and the University of Arkansas, Walker was selected by the New York Knicks with the 12th pick in the first round of the 1983 NBA draft. Over a ten-year career, he played for five teams – the Knicks, the Denver Nuggets, the Washington Bullets, the Detroit Pistons, and the Chicago Bulls. Walker is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.
Walker was selected to the 1984 NBA All-Rookie team, and was among the league leaders during his career in assists and steals. His best season was in 1989–90 with the Washington Bullets when he averaged 9.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. He won an NBA title with the Chicago Bulls in his final season.
Walker has served as head coach for two different teams—the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards. He was the Raptors' second coach, following Brendan Malone, and led the team for a season and a half. In 2000, he replaced the fired Gar Heard in Washington for half a season (the first coaching "call up" in history, having previously been the coach of the Rockford Lightning of the CBA), but was then replaced by Leonard Hamilton the next year. He remained in Washington as director of player personnel and later head scout before joining the Hornets as assistant coach.
Walker was named the head coach at Clark Atlanta University in 2016. In two seasons with the Panthers, Walker guided the team to a 45-18 overall record a SIAC conference tournament championship, and two appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
Head coaching recordEdit
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win–loss %|
|Playoffs||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win–loss %|
|Toronto||1996–97||82||30||52||.366||8th in Central||–||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|Clark Atlanta Panthers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2016–2018)|
|2016–17||Clark Atlanta||21–12||12–6||2nd (East)||NCAA Division II First Round|
|2017–18||Clark Atlanta||24–6||16–3||2nd (East)||NCAA Division II First Round|
|Clark Atlanta:||45–18 (.714)||28–8 (.778)|
|Little Rock Trojans (Sun Belt Conference) (2018–present)|
|Little Rock:||10–21 (.323)||5–13 (.278)|
Postseason invitational champion
- "Washington fires head coach Gar Heard". CNN. January 31, 2000.
- "Jim Todd, Darrell Walker join Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson's staff as assistants". Associated Press. March 17, 2012. Archived from the original on February 1, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
- "Darrell Walker Named Head Men's Basketball Coach". lrtrojans.com. March 27, 2018.