Walker Chosen as Coach for Select A National Team

April 7, 2010

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.The USA Volleyball High Performance Indoor Department has named the head coaching staff for the U.S. Girls’ Select A1 National Teams (GSA1) that will compete at the 2010 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships.

Arizona associate head coach Steve Walker will coach alongside Saint Louis University’s Anne Kordes, who will serve as the head coach, Iowa State’s Christy Johnson-Lynch, Concordia’s Kyle Kyasnica, Olympian Charlene Johnson-Tagaloa and UC Irvine’s Ben Bodipo-Mempa as they lead the A1 National Team.

“It’s an honor to be in the USA Volleyball coaching pipeline and I’m delighted to be invited as part of their High Performance program this summer,” said Walker.  “I had the pleasure of working closely with their staff, Tom Pingel, Heather Hoake and Gary Matthews among others, and skilled athletes two summers ago.  I’m looking forward to another great experience with the team at the High Performance Championships later this summer.”

In his second coaching stint at The University of Arizona, Walker begins his third straight season as associate head coach for the Wildcats this coming fall.  In 2009, Walker helped lead Arizona back to the NCAA for the first time in four seasons.

Walker also served as an assistant for Arizona for three seasons from 2003-2005, helping the Wildcats to NCAA tournament appearances in all three years including a regional final in 2005.

Between his stints with Arizona, Walker served as head women’s volleyball coach at UC Davis and guiding the Aggies through the last year of reclassification into NCAA Division I and the first year of membership in the Big West Conference. During his tenure at UC Davis, he was selected to coach the Northern California Volleyball Association Youth Division Team at the Global Challenge in 2006. Walker was invited back to coach the NCVA Region Youth Team at the 2007 USA Volleyball High Performance Championships in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

As a collegiate player at Long Beach State, Walker finished his career as the school’s all-time leader in assist per game. He was named AVCA All-America 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. He was captain of University of Arizona’s back-to-back NIRSA club national championship teams in 1999 and 2000, highlighted by his selection as MVP in 2000. Walker has also won four bronze medals at the USA Volleyball Open National Championships.

 

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