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Walker to lead Cougars

Former minor league player tapped as new men’s basketball coach.

coachAs Columbus State prepares for another academic year, students on the men’s basketball team will be meeting with a new coach. DeAndre Walker has been selected to lead the Cougars for the 2013-2014 season.

Walker began his professional basketball career after completing a bachelor’s degree in business management at Fairmont State University in 2005. He was most recently an assistant men’s basketball coach at Ohio Dominican University from 2012-2013. Previously, Walker was a professional in the minor leagues playing for both the Columbus Cyclones and the Indiana Alleycats during the 2006 and 2007 seasons.

As a student assistant coach with Fairmont State University, Walker specialized in recruitment and player skill development. As an NCAA Division II player on the Fairmont Falcons, he helped lead his team to 18-10 and 19-11 respective records during his two seasons.

Coach Walker’s philosophy is based on student-athletes achieving in the classroom in pursuit of their college degrees. Walker says, “I want to help cultivate life, academic and athletic skills for my student-athletes with a special emphasis on service to the community. I place a strong emphasis on personally supervising study tables to make certain that players maintain good grades.”

The Columbus State Cougars men’s and women’s basketball teams begin practice on October 1.