Former University of Oklahoma football player Darnell Walker has been hired to coach cornerbacks at the University of Tulsa.
Walker was a three-year letterwinner at OU, playing the 1990-92 seasons in Norman. He was a first-team All Big Eight selection in 1992 and finished his career at OU with 11 interceptions.
Walker comes to Tulsa after three years coaching the defensive backs at Southwest Baptist (Mo.) University. Before that, Walker spent six seasons at Bacone College in Muskogee, Oklahoma, as the Warriors defensive secondary coach.
“I'm excited to have Darnell join our coaching staff,” TU coach Bill Blankenship said. “He brings an incredible resume. Darnell is an excellent teacher of the game. Any time you get a man that has actually played at the highest level and is able to take those experiences and transition into coaching the way he has makes for a very impressive coach. He played corner in the NFL and that's exactly what he's going to be teaching. He's really, really good at training his players at a high level. I think Darnell is the right fit for us.”
“Through the recruiting of his son, I became more impressed with Darnell as a coach because of all the work I saw him do with his son. He obviously has the ability to teach and as we started researching it, he went to the top of our list,” added Blankenship.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Walker spent eight seasons in the NFL playing cornerback for the Atlanta Falcons, Detroit Lions and San Francisco 49ers. He closed out his NFL career in 2000 with the Detroit Lions. He finished his career with 369 tackles, 16 interceptions and two touchdowns in 119 games played and 66 starting assignments.
Walker's son, Darnell Jr., signed in February to play at Tulsa.