Curtis Walker began playing with the Catawba Indians in 1988 and worked his way up the coaching ranks after graduation.
Catawba County, NC – Curtis Walker is spread all over the world Catawba College Football He wrote a record and remained there for some key moments throughout the team’s history.
He was there to set a team record for tackles in a game in 1991. He was there when the team won three straight conference titles from 1999 to 2001. He was there when Catawba College Made the NCAA playoffs in 2015.
In just about everything the Catawba College football team has done in the past three decades, Walker has been there.
But his long stint with the team is coming to an end. Walker announced his resignation this week and will step down as head coach of Catawba College.
Walker’s resignation comes after a disappointing 1-10 finish to the 2022 season. Catawba College’s only win of the season came in Week 1 against Livingston. The team has been outplayed in almost every contest this year and lost the final Walker game 61-23 to Carson Newman.
However, troubled times did not sum up Walker’s tenure with the team. Catawba College staff expressed their gratitude for all he had accomplished with the team.
“We are grateful to Coach Walker for his many contributions to Catawba College and our football program,” said Catawba athletics director Michelle Cadigan. “I am excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with his family and watch his children compete in football at a very high level.”
Walker attended Catawba College in 1988 and played for the school’s soccer team as a linebacker when the college was still competing in the NAIA.
In 1991, Walker was named the team’s Most Valuable Player and served as team captain during his senior year in 1992. Walker earned All-American honors in three of his four years on the team.
During a game against Wofford in 1991, Walker recorded a team record 25 tackles. In the same season, Walker recovered from six fumbles, also a team record.
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Walker graduated from Catawba College with a degree in Sociology. He coached at Salisbury High School for a year before returning to Catawba College to be an assistant coach.
Walker was named the team’s defensive coordinator in 2001. In his first year leading the defense, Catawba College allowed the fewest points in all of NCAA Division II football. That year, the team won the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs.
In 2002, Walker left to become defensive coordinator for Coastal Carolina. He stayed there for a decade before leaving to serve as an assistant coach with Western Carolina for one season.
Walker returned to Catawba College to be the head coach of the team in 2012. Catawba College’s best seasons with Walker as head coach came in 2015, when he was named the SAC Coach of the Year and the school made its first appearance in the NCAA playoffs since 2001, and in 2017 when The team finished 9-2.
Overall, Walker compiled a 50-61 record with Catawba College as head coach.
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“I didn’t realize how much Catawba College had affected my life when I arrived on campus in 1988,” Walker said. “I am eternally grateful for the relationships forged, friendships, and opportunities provided over the past 34 years. My love for the football program at Catawba College is the reason I return to campus, and also why I feel now is the right time to leave.”
Catawba College will now conduct a national search for the team’s next head coach.
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