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Here are photos from the Feb. 20, 2013 basketball game between Texas Tech and Oklahoma (M. George Photos)
Chris Walker served as the Texas Tech men's basketball interim head coach for the 2012-13 season.
He was appointed to the position on Oct. 4, 2012, after serving as associate head coach during the 2011-12 season. He was elevated to the position after Billy Gillispie resigned on Sept. 19, citing health concerns.
"Chris Walker has demonstrated tremendous leadership over the past month, enabling our basketball program to move forward," said Kirby Hocutt, Texas Tech Director of Athletics at the time of the appointment. "His ability to lead and manage the current situation has been very commendable. Above all else, he has placed the well-being of the young men on our team at the forefront of his energy and focus. I am confident in his ability to lead our program forward."
He joined the Red Raider program in 2011 after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at Villanova under head coach Jay Wright.
"I want to thank Kirby Hocutt, (President) Dr. Lawrence Schovanec and Chancellor Kent Hance for entrusting me with this opportunity to lead this program as we move forward," said Walker. "I have been blessed with the good fortune to work for excellent head coaches and I am prepared to take on this challenge.
"I am excited about our team and what we can accomplish this season. We will have a great attitude and play hard, play together, play smart and play with pride every time we step on the floor. Some will measure our success with how many wins we have, but we will measure our success by how hard we will play for the name on the front the jersey."
During his interim season at Texas Tech, the Red Raiders saw an increase in both overall and conference wins. Texas Tech also won its first game Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship since 2010. Texas Tech improved in nine statistical categories, including points per game, steals, assists and offensive rebounding, while decreasing turnovers. Nationally, the Red Raiders were 41st in steals and first in the Big 12.
In the classroom, a school record five Red Raiders were named to the Academic All-Big 12 team - juniors Dejan Kravic and Kader Tapsoba and sophomores Toddrick Gotcher and Jordan Tolbert were named first team, while senior Ty Nurse was named second team.
Under Walker's tutelage, junior Jaye Crockett earned All-Big 12 honorable mention honors, becoming the first Red Raider since 2010 to earn postseason honors from the league's coaches. Crockett was also named the Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year by College Hoops Daily after leading the sixth men from the Power Six conferences in rebounding and finishing third in scoring.
During his first season on the High Plains, Walker served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator and signed three ESPN Top 150 recruits. He was responsible for game day preparation, advance scouting and assisting with player relations.
With 17 years of collegiate coaching experience, Walker has been a part of eight postseason squads, including four NCAA Tournament teams. He has coached three NBA first round draft picks - Brandon Armstrong (Pepperdine), Michael Bradley (Villanova), J.R. Giddens (New Mexico) - and the first overall pick of the second round - Dan Langhi (Vanderbilt).
At Villanova, Walker was responsible for on-court teaching and development, recruiting and scouting, when the Wildcats went 46-20 with a pair of trips to the NCAA Tournament. He helped lead Villanova to its best start in school and BIG EAST history (20-0) and eventually earn a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Championships.
Walker helped recruit the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation. He also recruited and signed McDonald's All-American JayVaughn Pinkston. During his time there, he saw three Villanova players earn All-BIG EAST honors and one, Scottie Reynolds, earn consensus All-America honors.
Walker also served as an assistant under Wright for the 2010 USA Select Team. The USA Select Team consists of juniors and seniors out of the college ranks that are brought in to scrimmage against the USA National Team.
Walker spent two seasons at the University of New Mexico as an assistant for current UCLA head coach Steve Alford from 2007-09. He was instrumental in helping turnaround a team that finished eighth in a nine-team Mountain West Conference in 2007 to winning a share of the conference title in 2009. Along the way, the Lobos recorded a 46-21 record and made a pair of NIT appearances during Alford's first two seasons at the helm.
At New Mexico, Walker served as the recruiting coordinator and helped the Lobos land a Top 30 recruiting class. He also coached Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and All-American J.R. Giddens, who went on to be selected in the first round by the Boston Celtics.
Walker spent three seasons at the University of Massachusetts where he was an assistant under head coach Steve Lappas. He was on the Minutemen sidelines from 2001-05. That included a one-year hiatus from collegiate coaching during the 2003-04 season, when he was the President and CEO of Spearhead Sports LLC in his native Houston.
He spent the 2000-01 season on Lappas' staff at Villanova before accompanying Lappas to UMass. At UMass, he served as the recruiting coordinator, where he signed A-10 Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Stephane Lasme. While with Lappas at Villanova, he coached All-American Michael Bradley, who was selected in the first round of the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors.
Walker was also the associate head coach at both Pepperdine (1999-00) and Vanderbilt (1996-99) under Jan van Breda Kolff. During his time with van Breda Kolff, her served as recruiting coordinator and offensive coordinator for both the Commodores and the Wave.
In his one season in Malibu, Walker helped lead Pepperdine to the West Coast Conference regular season title and an at-large bid in the NCAA Championships, upsetting sixth-seeded Indiana in the first round. While there, he coach first round draft pick Brandon Armstrong, who went 23rd overall to the Houston Rockets.
Prior to Pepperdine, Walker spent three seasons with van Breda Kolff at Vanderbilt, where he helped the Commodores to an appearance in both the NCAA Championships and the National Invitation Tournament. He coached Southeastern Conference Player of the Year and All-American Dan Langhi, who was the first overall pick of the second round of the 2000 NBA Draft.
He began his coaching career at Loyola Marymount in 1992, where he helped the Lions improve from eighth in the West Coast Conference his first year to second four years later.
After a stellar prep career at Houston Milby High School, where he was a Converse All-American and an All-State and All-Greater Houston selection, Walker went on to Villanova in 1988 to play for head coach Rollie Massimino.
As a player, Walker started 96 games at point guard and helped the Wildcats make two NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT appearances. At the time of his graduation, his 404 career assists ranked seventh on the school's all-time list and his 185 career steals ranked fourth. A two-time All-Big Five selection, he also competed in Russia and Finland, while representing the BIG EAST All-Stars.
Born on Christmas Day, Walker graduated from Villanova in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications.