Chris Walker, who played two years for head coach Brian Katz at
San Joaquin Delta College followed by two seasons at Oklahoma, will
begin his second season as an assistant coach in 2014-15 after
spending the previous two years (2011-13) as the team’s
director of operations.
During his first season as a full-time assistant in 2013-14, Sacramento State won its most conference games (10) since joining the Big Sky Conference in 1996-97, clinched a conference tournament berth for the first time since 2006, won its most home games (11-3 record) since 1989, set the Div. I era record (1991-pres.) with a .460 field goal percentage and won seven consecutive home games which matched a Div. I-era record.
The season came to a close in heartbreaking fashion as the Hornets fell in the first round of the conference tournament to North Dakota, 79-76, in Ogden, Utah. However, Sacramento State will return all five starters in 2014-15, including arguably the best back court in the conference in guards Mikh McKinney and Dylan Garrity. McKinney was a unanimous first team all-Big Sky selection and became the first Hornet during the Div. I era to garner all-region accolades.
The Hornets posted a 3.092 grade point average during the 2014 spring semester, believed to be the best semester mark for the men’s basketball program in school history. In addition, the team finished the 2013-14 academic year with a 3.043 gpa, also the best mark in program history.
The Sacramento native spent the 2010-11 season as an assistant coach at Rocklin’s Sierra College, and also served a year as a graduate assistant at Oklahoma in 2007-08.
During his two-year playing tenure at Oklahoma (2005-07), Walker appeared in 43 games, including 10 starts. He was named the team’s defensive player of the year as a senior, and helped the Sooners to an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2005-06.
Prior to Oklahoma, Walker played two years for Delta College (2003-05). As a sophomore in 2004-05, he was named the Northern California Junior College Player of the Year, first team all-state and first team all-conference after leading the squad to a 30-2 record, a 24-game winning streak and a semifinal appearance at the California Community College Championships. Walker was also named first team all-league during his freshman season.
He prepped at Sacramento’s Foothill High School where he was named first team all-state and the Central Valley Conference MVP as a senior after helping the Mustangs to a state title.
Walker graduated from Oklahoma in 2008 with a liberal arts degree.