Skyhawk Men's Basketball | DeAndre Walker - Strength Coach - Player Development
DeAndre Walker is in his second year on the Skyhawk staff under head coach Heath Schroyer. He serves as the strength coach and is also in charge of player development at UT Martin.
Last season, 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 CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament 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 and is currently pursuing his Master's degree in project management. He has two daughters, Aniaya and Arianna.