Arizona's Sean Miller Completes Administrative Staff
June 5, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona men’s basketball coach Sean Miller today announced the hiring of Jamall Walker and Ryan Reynolds to his administrative staff.
Walker will serve as the program’s director of basketball operations, while Reynolds will occupy the administrative assistant’s position.
Walker brings 11 years of coaching experience to the Wildcat staff, including the last five seasons on the NCAA Division I level. Most recently, he was an assistant coach at Ohio University under John Groce in 2008-09, where he worked primarily with the Bobcats’ ballhandlers.
“Jamall Walker is a talented basketball coach and will serve as our Director of Basketball Operations,” said head coach Sean Miller. “Because of his success as a coach, Jamall will one day be capable of that same position here at Arizona.”
Prior to his tenure in Athens, Ohio, Walker spent the 2007-08 season as an assistant at Murray State University, where he helped the Racers to a runner-up finish in the Ohio Valley Conference. Additionally, he served as an assistant coach at Saint Louis University in 2006-07, where he directed the team’s scouring efforts and helped the Billikens win 20 games for the first time in more than a decade.
He spent two seasons as an assistant at Ball State University (2004-06), spearheading the Cardinals’ recruiting. During his time in Muncie, Ind., one of his key signees, Maurice Acker, garnered Mid-American Conference Freshman-of-the-Year honors in 2006.
Prior to his move to the Division I level, Walker was an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla., from 2002-04. In his two seasons, RCC posted a 67-5 record and the Cougars finished as the NJCAA Division I runner-up in 2003-04.
His coaching career started at Alton, Ill., High School in 1999, where he was a varsity assistant coach. Walker held the same position at F.L. Schlage High School in Kansas City, Kan., from 2000-02.
A native of Wichita, Kan., Walker is a 2000 graduate of Saint Louis University with a degree in secondary education. He started 73 games for the Billikens from 1995-99, guiding the team to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998. He was a Conference USA all-Freshman selection in 1996. His 350 career assists still rank sixth in SLU basketball annals, while his 132 steals are tied for fifth. Walker was the 1995 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year at Wichita South High School and a McDonald’s All-America nominee.
Walker has one daughter, JaShawn.
Reynolds, 24, just completed his first year as a member of the Wake Forest University men’s basketball staff, where he was the Demon Deacons’ assistant coordinator of operations. He was responsible for assisting with team travel and meals, scheduling and additional logistics within the basketball office. Reynolds also coordinated WFU’s recruiting databases.
Prior to Wake Forest, Reynolds spent the previous five years (2003-08) at Xavier University, working under both Thad Matta and Sean Miller. Four of those seasons were as an undergraduate student manager and the last was as the Graduate Program Assistant, where he prepared scouting videos, film exchange, equipment, administrative assistance and supervision of the managers.
Reynolds was a part of four NCAA Tournament teams during his tenure at Xavier, including XU’s Elite Eight squads in 2004 and 2008. The Musketeers won the Atlantic-10 regular season or tournament title four times in that span.
“The opportunity to work at a school like Arizona is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” said Reynolds. “Obviously, it was a priority for me to once again work with Sean. Having worked with him for five seasons, I believe in his abilities and trust in him as a person.”
He graduated from Xavier in 2007 with a B.S. in sports management and a business minor. He earned his master’s in Sport Administration from Xavier in December 2008.
A native of Cincinnati, Ohio, Reynolds was a standout in basketball and football at Madeira High School. Playing on the hardwood for his father Jim, the Cincinnati prep coach of the decade for the 1990s, Ryan led Madeira to conference, sectional and district titles and a berth in the Ohio state tournament’s Sweet 16 as a senior. He was a two-time all-league football player as well.