Skyhawk Men's Basketball | DeAndre Walker - Assistant Coach
DeAndre Walker is in his third year on the Skyhawk staff and first as a full-time assistant coach.
Walker was promoted to his current role after serving as the strength coach while also overseeing player development at UT Martin from 2014-16.
Last season, Walker played a key role in the Skyhawks' second consecutive 20-plus win campaign, as UT Martin clinched its first-ever Ohio Valley Conference West division championship. The Skyhawks also made the first appearance in the OVC Tournament championship game in school history before winning their fourth CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament game in the last two seasons.
Since Walker's arrival at UT Martin, the Skyhawks have won 41 games (tied for the most in any two-year span in program history) and became the only OVC team to win at least one postseason game in the last two seasons.
In 2014-15, Walker helped develop a UT Martin squad that finished just one win shy of the school record (21) and tallied the first three postseason victories in the program's Division-I history (since 1992). The Skyhawks advanced all the way to the Final Four of the 2015 CIT thanks in large part to 12 road victories, which led the nation.
Before joining the Skyhawks, Walker served as head coach at Columbus State Community College in Columbus, Ohio. He was the fifth head coach in the history of the program in 2013-14.
Before his head coaching appointment, Walker was an assistant coach at Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio.
After a standout prep career at Firestone High School, Walker began his collegiate playing career at Columbus State, where he played for two seasons (2000-02). He helped the Cougars to a 20-9 record and a 9-5 mark in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference record during his freshman season.
Walker then transferred to Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W. Va. He guided the Falcons to a 37-21 record in his two seasons at the Division-II school.
Walker played professionally from 2006-08. He began his career with the Columbus Cyclones of the International Basketball League, helping the team to a 20-3 record under head coach David Cecutti. He followed that with a stint with the Indiana Alleycats of the Continental Basketball Association, playing for head coach Carlos Knox. He also played with the Marysville Meteors of the International Basketball League (2007), Long Beach Summer Pro-Am League in Long Beach, Calif. (2007) and the Gary Steelheads of the International Basketball League (2008).
An Akron, Ohio native, Walker began his coaching career as a student assistant coach in 2004-05 at Fairmont State. He specialized in recruiting and player skill development. He also was tabbed as the president of Hidden Gems AAU Basketball program, with his best season coming in 2012 when the team posted a 33-19 overall record. He also served as an assistant coach with the King James AAU program.
Walker earned his Bachelor's degree in business management from Fairmont State in 2004. He earned his Master's in project management from Keller Graduate School of Management in 2016. He has two daughters, Aniaya and Arianna.