Chris Walker returned to his roots this spring when he was tapped as an assistant coach to Steve Lappas.
The association between Walker and Lappas dates to the late 1980s. Lappas, then an aide to Rollie Massimino, spearheaded the recruitment of this Houston, Tx., native before moving on to become the head coach at Manhattan College in 1988. Walker came to the Main Line and enjoyed a fine career.
As an undergraduate at Villanova, the 5-11 point guard started 96 games for the Wildcats. Twice named All-Big Five, Walker led Villanova in assists for three straight seasons and ranks 10th all-time in that category at the university. In his career he scored 991 points.
Following graduation in 1992, Walker entered the coaching ranks at Loyola Marymount University. His next stop was to join Jan van breda Kolff on the staff at Vanderbilt University and he followed that with a one year stint at Pepperdine. During his one season in Malibu, he helped guide the Waves to an NCAA Tournament berth.
In April 2000 Walker returned to his alma mater as a member of the coaching staff.
Walker, born on Christmas Day 1969, is single and makes his home in Manayunk, Pa.
Birthdate: December 25, 1969 Hometown: Houston, Texas Education: B.A. in Communications (1992) Villanova University Experience: Assistant Coach, Loyola Marymount University (1992-94) Assistant Coach, Vanderbilt University (1994-99) Assistant Coach, Pepperdine University (1999-00) Assistant Coach, Villanova University (2000-present) Playing Career: Four years, varsity basketball Villanova University (1989-92) Marital Status: Single