Walker at UCLA in 2008
|Defensive backs coach|
|Date of birth:December 3, 1960|
|Place of birth: Los Angeles County, California, U.S.|
|High school: Pasadena (CA) John Muir|
|Undrafted in 1982|
|Debuted in 1982 for the Edmonton Eskimos|
|Last played in 1985 for the Arizona Outlaws|
|Coaching debut in 1988 for the Mt. San Antonio College|
Early life and college
Born in Los Angeles County, California, Walker graduated from John Muir High School of Pasadena, California in 1978. Walker attended and played for Pasadena City College for two years before transferring to the University of Minnesota, where he was a two-year starter. In 1992, Walker completed his B.A. in liberal arts at Regents College (now Excelsior College).
Professional playing career
Walker was Pete Carroll's first hire once he became head coach of the USC Trojans in 2001; Walker oversaw the secondary and had spent the previous three seasons in a similar role with the New England Patriots. When Carroll hired Walker, he noted "He was with me [. . .] in the NFL, and he was able to learn my style and understand my system".
Between USC and coaching the UCLA Bruins, Walker was a secondary coach for the National Football League Washington Redskins and New York Giants. He has also coached for the New England Patriots and at Mount San Antonio College, Utah State, BYU, Oklahoma State and California.
Following the dismissal of UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell in December 2007, Walker was asked to be the head coach of the Bruins in the 2007 Las Vegas Bowl. Dorrell was offered the opportunity to coach a final game, but declined. The Bruins faced Mountain West Conference champion Brigham Young University, a team they defeated earlier in the season. BYU beat UCLA 17–16 when BYU Cougars defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna blocked a 28-yard field goal as time expired. This left Walker with a 0–1 record as head coach.
After the Las Vegas bowl game, speculations arose on whether Walker would return to the program. Among others, he received an offer to replace Kent Baer as defensive coordinator at the University of Washington. On January 1, 2008, Sporting News columnist Tom Dienhart reported that Walker had accepted the offer. The story, however, turned out to be untrue, as Los Angeles Times reporter Chris Foster reported that Walker would stay at UCLA and remain defensive coodinator for the Bruins. The Sporting News later retracted the story. Walker interviewed for the UCLA Bruin head coaching position and was one of the leading candidates for the position along with Rick Neuheisel, Al Golden of Temple, and Norm Chow. The job eventually went to Neuheisel and Walker remained as defensive coordinator.
New Mexico State
On December 31, 2008, Walker was named head coach at New Mexico State University, becoming the seventh African American head coach of a major NCAA football program, and the second at New Mexico State University.
Head coaching record
|UCLA Bruins (Pacific-10 Conference) (2007)|
|2007||UCLA||0–1||L Las Vegas|
|New Mexico State Aggies (Western Athletic Conference) (2009–present)|
|2009||New Mexico State||3–10||1–7||T–8th|
|2010||New Mexico State||2–10||1–7||8th|
|2011||New Mexico State||4–9||2–5||7th|
|2012||New Mexico State||1–11||0–6||7th|
|New Mexico State:||10–40||4–25|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- "DeWayne Walker". USC Trojans. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- "DeWayne Walker". New Mexico State Aggies. Retrieved November 10, 2012.
- David Wharton, Carroll’s First Hire Is Walker, Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2000, Accessed July 15, 2008.
- Brian Dohn. UCLA fires coach Dorrell. Los Angeles Daily News. 12/03/2007 11:18:47 AM PST. Quote: During his tenure, UCLA's off-the-field image, which took a beating under coach Bob Toledo, was cleaned up. But on the field too many inconsistent performances did in Dorrell, who was 1–4 against USC, including Saturday's 24–7 loss at the Coliseum.
- Associated Press. Fired Dorrell won't coach UCLA in Las Vegas Bowl. December 4, 2007. Quote: Ousted UCLA football coach Karl Dorrell has decided not to coach the Bruins when they play BYU in the Las Vegas Bowl.
- Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl Game Story Dec. 22, 2007 No. 17 BYU (11–2) won its second-consecutive Pioneer Las Vegas Bowl, escaping with a 17–16 victory over UCLA (6–7) after defensive lineman Eathyn Manumaleuna blocked a 28-yard field goal as time expired
- Sporting News: Walker to Stay at UCLA. January 1, 2008, Original title:Huskies turn to UCLA coordinator, original quote:" The University of Washington has hired former UCLA defensive coordinator DeWayne Walker as its new defensive coordinator (link was associated with retracted story, but not before being caught by Sportsnipe.)
- Los Angeles Times: Football assistant coach Walker to stay at UCLA. January 3, 2008
- Kevin Pearson – Walker will get second interview for UCLA head coaching position. Riverside Press Enterprise, December 22, 2007.
- UCLA's Walker to be named New Mexico State coach, Los Angeles Times, December 30, 2008, Accessed December 30, 2008.
- McMurphy, Brett (January 24, 2013). "DeWayne Walker to join Jags staff". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 24, 2013.
- Jaguars hire Walker to coach DBs