Joe Walker
Joe Walker

Position:
Assistant Coach / Men's Distance

Experience:
3rd Season at U of L

Alma Mater:
Ole Miss, '94


05/04/2014

TRACK AND FIELD AAC OUTDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS DAY THREE

Track and Field AAC Outdoor Championships Day Three

BIRTHDAY: January 4
COACHING RESPONSIBILITY: Cross Country/Distance
EDUCATION: Bachelor's Degree (Ole Miss, '94)
YEAR AT LOUISVILLE: Third
HOMETOWN: Oxford, Miss.
FAMILY: Son - Joseph Kai, Daughter - Maia Malin

ATHLETIC CAREER
Four-year letterwinner on the cross country and track and field teams at Ole Miss
Member of the world-ranked 4x1,500m squad in 1994
Recorded the third-fastest 3,000m mark in school history
Was an all-academic SEC performer

COACHING CAREER
2011-Present: Louisville (assistant coach)
2000-11: Alabama (men's cross country head coach)
2000-11: Alabama (men's track and field assistant coach)
1998-2000: South Alabama (assistant coach)
1995-98: Meridian Community College (head coach)

COACHING HIGHLIGHTS

LOUISVILLE

  • Coached Mattias Wolter to first team All-America honors in the 3,000m steeplechase with a sixth-place finish at the national championships; Wolter won titles in the event at the BIG EAST Outdoor Championships and the NCAA Preliminary Rounds
  • Guided Ernest Kibet to all-BIG EAST status in cross country in 2012 with his fifth-place finish; Kibet became just the third freshman in school history to earn all-conference honors in cross country
  • Led Matt Hughes to cross country all-conference and all-region honors in 2011
  • His outdoor 4x800m relay team set the school record at the BIG EAST Championships; guided two athletes to a pair of top-five finishes in the 3,000m steeplechase at the championships
  • Two student-athletes earned bids to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in the steeplechase

ALABAMA

  • Named SEC Cross Country Coach of the Year three times (2001, 2008-09)
  • Tabbed USTFCCCA South Region Cross Country Coach of the Year six times (2000-01, 2007-10)
  • Collected eight USTFCCCA South Region titles (2000-01, 2005-10)
  • Had four-straight top-15 finishes at NCAA Cross Country Championships (sixth in 2007, 10th in 2008, third in 2009, and 11th in 2010)
  • Directed David Kimani to three national titles (indoor: 3,000m, 5,000m; outdoor: 5,000m)
  • Coached three SEC male cross county athletes of the year (four occasions)
  • Athletes accumulated 34 All-America honors (events ranging from 800m-10,000m and cross country)
  • His cross country athletes achieved all-South Region accolades 42 different times
  • Emphasis on academics resulted in eight USTFCCCA All-Academic Team awards
  • Guided a cross country student-athlete to the prestigious NCAA Elite 88 Award

SOUTH ALABAMA

  • Coached Kimani to three national championships (cross country, indoor: 3,000m, 5,000m)
  • Men's cross country team captured the Sun Belt Conference championship in 1999
  • Won the women's indoor track and field Sun Belt Conference title in 2000

MERIDIAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE

  • Won National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) titles in track and field and cross country in 1996-97
  • Led the school to three runner-up finishes at the national championships
  • Named NJCAA National Indoor Championship Coach of the Meet twice

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS
Alabama
Outdoor
5,000 Meters: David Kimani (2001)
Indoor
3,000 Meters: David Kimani (2001)
5,000 Meters: David Kimani (2001)
South Alabama
Indoor
3,000 Meters: David Kimani (2000)
5,000 Meters: David Kimani (2000)
Cross Country
David Kimani (1999)

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