April 20, 2005
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University head men's basketball coach Matt Doherty announced the hiring of Rex Walters to his basketball staff. Walters is the first addition to Doherty's FAU staff and brings a wealth of experience, including a standout collegiate and professional playing career.
"I'm real proud to have Rex on staff with me," said Doherty. "I was very fortunate to have coached someone like him at Kansas. He's a hard-worker, a team player, and did well in school while going on to have a seven-year NBA career. He'll be a tremendous role model for our players."
Walters most recently spent the past two seasons as an assistant coach at Valparaiso University under Homer Drew. Prior to that, he served as a volunteer assistant coach at Blue Valley Northwest High School in Overland Park, KS, helping to lead the Huskies to the 2003 Kansas Sub State Championship.
"I'm just very excited to be a part of the men's basketball program at Florida Atlantic University," said Walters. "There's no doubt in my mind we can bring a winner to Boca Raton. I believe in Matt Doherty and what he stands for as a man and as a coach. He has been an inspiration in my life both as a player and as a coach. I'm ready to get to work and do everything I can to help our student-athletes both on and off the court."
As a collegiate player, Walters starred at both Northwestern and Kansas. As a freshman and sophomore at Northwestern, he was named honorable mention All-Big Ten. After transferring to Kansas, he led the Jayhawks to a two-year mark of 56-12 and a pair of Big Eight championships.
Walters, a guard, was an All-Big Eight selection both years with the Jayhawks, playing for Roy Williams. His senior season in 1992-93 coincided with Doherty's first on Williams' staff as an assistant. That was the year Walters helped lead the team to the Final Four and was named Big Eight Athlete-of-the-Year.
Following his collegiate career, Walters was selected no. 16 overall in the 1993 NBA Draft by the New Jersey Nets. He played his first two seasons with the Nets before playing two more with the Philadelphia 76ers. He concluded his NBA career playing three seasons with the Miami Heat under Pat Riley.
After seven years in the NBA, Walters played professionally for two seasons in Spain, including stints with Leon and the Canary Islands. During that time, he also played for the Kansas City Knights of the American Basketball Association, helping the team to the ABA title in 2002.
Walters is a 1993 graduate of Kansas, earning a BS in education. He and his wife, Deanna, have four children, Addison (8), Drew (6), Riley (3), and Gunner (2).