May 12, 2006
ST. LOUIS - Saint Louis head men's basketball coach Brad Soderberg today announced that former Billiken Jamall Walker has been named assistant coach. Walker joins the Billikens' staff after two years at Ball State University and will assume his new responsibilities beginning Mon., May 15.
"Jamall has the energy and passion necessary for a long coaching career," Soderberg said. "He endured the rigors of an extensive and thorough search, and he stood out because he has already demonstrated high ethical conduct, a tireless work ethic and a Billiken bloodline. Jamall also opens up new and important recruiting areas for us because of his familiarity with the Kansas City area, his junior college experience at Redlands and his Midwestern ties from Ball State."
"It is an exciting time for me to rejoin the Billiken family, because coach Soderberg has the program headed in the right direction," Walker said. "I have always enjoyed the way the administration, the St. Louis community and the fans embrace this team. We have the ability to win and get to the NCAA Tournament, which is what every coach and player wants. With the on-campus arena on the way, we will have everything we need to succeed in the Atlantic 10 Conference."
Walker was Ball State's recruiting coordinator, responsible for perimeter player skill development, involved in all phases of scouting and handled the marketing of basketball camps. The Cardinals brought in 2006 Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year Maurice Acker after finishing second in the MAC West Division in 2004-05.
Before joining Ball State's staff, Walker spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Redlands Community College in El Reno, Okla. He served as Redland's recruiting coordinator and coached perimeter players. During his two seasons, Redlands was 67-5 and was the 2004 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division I national runner-up.
Walker began his coaching career as a varsity assistant coach at Alton (Ill.) High School in 1999-2000 before serving in the same position at F.L. Schlage High School in Kansas City, Kan., during the 2000-02 seasons.
Walker started 73 games during his 123-game SLU career that spanned 1996 to '99. He was a member of the Bills' 1996 NIT team and 1998 NCAA Tournament squad. A point guard for the Billikens, Walker ranks sixth on the Billikens' all-time assists list with 350 and received the Bills' Dedication Award following the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons. He was named to the 1996 Conference USA All-Freshman team after being recruited out of Wichita South High School where he was the 1995 Kansas Gatorade Player of the Year.
Walker earned his bachelor of science degree in secondary education from SLU.
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Jamall Walker will join the Billiken staff on Monday, May 15.