Joe Walker
Joe Walker

Position:
Men's Distance

Experience:
3rd season at UofL

Alma Mater:
Ole Miss, '94


11/15/2013

Cross Country Paced By Men's Top-10 Finish at NCAA Southeast Regional

Tyler Byrne scored a 10th-place finish and set the school record in the 10K.

11/02/2013

Men's Cross Country Wins AAC Title, Women Finish Second

The men's cross country team won the second conference team title in program history.

11/01/2013

Cross Country Competing in First AAC Championship

The Cardinals will run in Saturday's AAC Championship in Madison, Conn.

10/19/2013

Byrne, Chepchumba Pace Cross Country at Wisconsin adidas Invitational

Tyler Byrne finished in the top 20 in the men's championship race.

10/05/2013

Men's Cross Country Takes First, Women Finish Fourth at Greater Louisville Classic

Ernest Kibet finished second in the men's race, while Benadate Cheruiyot led the women's team by finishing 22nd.

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

  • 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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