DeWayne Walker Joins Trojans Football As Secondary Coach
Dec. 18, 2000
LOS ANGELES-DeWayne Walker, the secondary coach of the New England Patriots the past 3 seasons, has been named USC's secondary coach, new Trojan head coach Pete Carroll announced today.
'I'm thrilled that DeWayne is the first assistant coach that I've hired at USC,said Carroll, who was named USCs head coach on Dec. 15. ' was with me for three years in the NFL, and he was able to learn my style and understand my system.He has a vast knowledge of coaching the secondary at the collegiate and professional levels. Plus, hes a native of Southern California.Although it was difficult to replace such an outstanding secondary coach as Dennis Thurman, who has been such an important part of the Trojan Family, I know DeWayne will do an excellent job with our defensive backs.ï¿½
Walker, 40, has 13 years of coaching experience.He spent the past 3 seasons (1998-2000) as a defensive assistant for the Patriots, handling the secondary.He worked with Patriot Pro Bowl defensive backs Lawyer Milloy and Ty Law.
He first became acquainted with Carroll while serving a minority summer coaching internship with the San Francisco 49ers in 1996.He then had a similar internship with Carroll at the Patriots in 1997.
Walker began his coaching career at Mt. San Antonio Junior College in Walnut, Calif., for 5 seasons (1988-92).He was the secondary coach the first 4 years, then became the defensive coordinator in 1992.
He moved to the Division I collegiate level next, first for a year (1993) as the defensive backs coach at Utah State, where he developed a pair of all-conference cornerbacks, Damon Smith and Donard Toomer.The Aggies beat Ball State in the Las Vegas Bowl that season.He then spent 1994 as the secondary coach at BYU, where cornerback Pat Mitchell was an all-league pick (Walker also coached the punt returners on special teams).The Cougars beat Oklahoma in the Copper Bowl that season.He next was the secondary coach at Oklahoma State in 1995, coaching NFL first rounder R.W. McQuarters. He then spent 2 seasons (1996-97) as the secondary coach at California, coaching future NFL defensive backs Kato Serwanga and Marquis Smith, before moving to the NFLs Patriots.The 1996 Golden Bear squad played in the Aloha Bowl.
Walker, who starred in football at Muir High in Pasadena, Calif., was an all-conference defensive back at Pasadena City College in 1979.He then started at cornerback for 2 seasons (1980-81) at Minnesota.He earned his bachelors degree in liberal studies in 1986 from Regents College in Albany, N.Y.
He played professionally for 3 seasons, first with the Edmonton Eskimos of the CFL in 1982, then with the USFLs Oakland Invaders in 1984 and Arizona Outlaws in 1985.
He and his wife, Zan, have 3 children: daughters Kesha, 19, and Kendra, 8, and son Kevan, 11.