History grad returns to S&T to coach basketball

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On August 2, 2019

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Bill Walker, Hist’87, former head men’s basketball coach at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS), joined the S&T athletics program as head men’s basketball coach on April 1. He is the 15th head coach in the history of the Miner program. He succeeds Jim Glash, who retired after 10 seasons as head coach.

“I always loved my time at the university and no matter where I’ve been, I have followed the program closely and have been rooting for it from afar,” Walker says. “It is a great honor to come back and occupy the seat that Billy Key and Dale Martin held so honorably during my time there as a student-athlete.”

Walker began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, then became a full-time assistant at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, the University of Central Missouri, the University of Minnesota and Texas A&M University. He spent two seasons as a professional scout for the New Orleans Hornets, then spent a year at Drake University as an assistant coach before moving to UIS.

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