DOVER, Del.- Delaware State University President Harry L. Williams announced that Keith Walker –who served as the university's interim men’s head coach at the end of last season – will now permanently be at the helm of DSU’s men's basketball program.
Williams said Walker made a strong case for himself by the way he took over the leadership of the team and energized the players as interim coach.
“Coach Walker did everything we asked of him when he agreed to be the interim head coach in last month of the past season,” Williams said. "He stabilized the team, resulting in a more competitive unit on the court and a higher winning percentage.”
Walker said that he is “very appreciative” of the head coaching opportunity. “I look forward to getting this men’s basketball program back to the championship level where it used to be,” the new head coach said.
Walker, a DSU men’s basketball assistant coach since July 2000, was appointed as interim Hornet head coach on Jan. 30, 2014. Inthe subsequent 11 games, Walker led the Hornets to a 5-6 overall record and 5-5 mark in the MEAC. Prior to the appointment, the team was 4-15 overall and 0-6 in the conference. During Walker’s interim tenure, Delaware State posted a season-high three-game win streak and later achieved an upset victory over the 2014 Conference Tournament runner-up Morgan State.
Walker was a part of the coaching staff that helped lead the Hornets to three consecutive MEAC regular season titles from 2004-2007, during which the Hornets posted a league record of 46-8 (.850). The Hornets appeared in three consecutive MEAC Tournament championship games, capturing the title and accompanying NCAA Tournament berth in 2005. The following year, Delaware State defeated Northern Arizona on the road in the National Invitation Tournament for the team's only national post-season win.
Prior to his arrival at DSU, Walker served as head coach at Division II Shaw University in Raleigh, N.C., from 1993 to 2000. He posted a 91-102 overall record at Shaw, including a 21-9 mark and the school’s first-ever NCAA Tournament berth during the 1994-95 season.
He also spent seven years in the pro ranks with European and U.S teams including a stint with the Philadelphia 76ers during the 1985-86 season.