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Walker leaves ECSU basketball
Coach to take over at Grambling State
 
Published Wednesday, July 30, 2014 1:58 pm
by Staff Reports

ELIZABETH CITY – Elizabeth City State basketball coach Shawn Walker has announced his resignation to accept the head coach position at Grambling State.


“Our department and university family wishes Coach Walker the very best as he transitions to Division I Basketball,” ECSU Athletic Director J. Lin Dawson said. “We appreciated his commitment to ECSU and the legacy he built.  He is a solid individual who understands that the platform of Athletics provides a tremendous avenue to impact the community, and in particularly, the youth.  Shawn will be a major asset to Grambling.  He brings a successful coaching résumé, vision, stability, and a strong work ethic that is contagious.”


A search for a new basketball coach is underway.


“With student-athletes returning to campus in a couple of weeks, we must put this process on speed- dial. Our student-athletes deserve a well-rounded coach that is the right fit.  Emotions fly high when a head coach leaves a program, Dawson said. “Stability is a premium factor is deciding the next leader.”


Walker compiled a 196-172 record in 13 seasons at ECSU. He coached the women’s team in 2001-2002 and the following year took over the men’s program, where his teams made three trips to the CIAA title game and won the 2007 championship, ECSU’s first in 26 years. Walker was named CIAA coach of the year in 2008 and coached two CIAA players of the year: Anthony Hilliard (2007, 2008) and Angelo Sharpless (2012).

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