Darrell Walker

Darrell Walker (born March 9, 1961) is an American professional basketball coach and retired player. He is currently head men's coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. At 6'4" (1.93 m) and 180 lb (82 kg), he played as a guard. He attended Chicago's Corliss High School.

Darrell Walker
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Walker in 2013
Little Rock Trojans
PositionHead coach
LeagueSun Belt Conference
Personal information
Born (1961-03-09) March 9, 1961 (age 59)
Chicago, Illinois
Listed height6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolCorliss (Chicago, Illinois)
NBA draft1983 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12th overall
Selected by the New York Knicks
Playing career1983–1993
Number4, 5, 20
Career history
As player:
19831986New York Knicks
1986–1987Denver Nuggets
19881991Washington Bullets
1992Detroit Pistons
1993Chicago Bulls
As coach:
1995–1996Toronto Raptors (assistant)
19961998Toronto Raptors
1999–2000Rockford Lightning
2000Washington Wizards
2000Washington Mystics
20042008New Orleans Hornets (assistant)
20082011Detroit Pistons (assistant)
20122014New York Knicks (assistant)
2016–2018Clark Atlanta
2018–presentLittle Rock
Career highlights and awards
As player:

As coach:

Career statistics
Points6,389 (8.9 ppg)
Assists3,276 (4.6 apg)
Steals1,090 (1.5 spg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

Playing careerEdit

After playing college basketball at Westark Community College (now the University of Arkansas–Fort Smith) and the University of Arkansas, Walker was selected by the New York Knicks with the 12th pick in the first round of the 1983 NBA draft. Over a ten-year career, he played for five teams – the Knicks, the Denver Nuggets, the Washington Bullets, the Detroit Pistons, and the Chicago Bulls. Walker is a member of Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity.

Walker was selected to the 1984 NBA All-Rookie team, and was among the league leaders during his career in assists and steals. His best season was in 1989–90 with the Washington Bullets when he averaged 9.5 points, 8.8 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game. He won an NBA title with the Chicago Bulls in his final season.

Coaching careerEdit

Walker has served as head coach for two different teams—the Toronto Raptors and the Washington Wizards. He was the Raptors' second coach, following Brendan Malone, and led the team for a season and a half. In 2000, he replaced the fired[1] Gar Heard in Washington for half a season (the first coaching "call up" in history, having previously been the coach of the Rockford Lightning of the CBA), but was then replaced by Leonard Hamilton the next year. He remained in Washington as director of player personnel and later head scout before joining the Hornets as assistant coach.

In March 2012, Walker became an assistant coach with the New York Knicks, where he was on staff until 2014.[2]

Walker was named the head coach at Clark Atlanta University in 2016.[3] In two seasons with the Panthers, Walker guided the team to a 45-18 overall record a SIAC conference tournament championship, and two appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament.

On March 27, 2018, Walker was named the head men's basketball coach at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.[4]

Head coaching recordEdit


Regular season G Games coached W Games won L Games lost W–L % Win–loss %
Playoffs PG Playoff games PW Playoff wins PL Playoff losses PW–L % Playoff win–loss %
Team Year G W L W–L% Finish PG PW PL PW–L% Result
Toronto 1996–97 82 30 52 .366 8th in Central Missed Playoffs
Toronto 1997–98 49 11 38 .224 (fired)
Washington 1999–2000 38 15 23 .395 (interim)
Career 169 56 113 .331


Statistics overview
Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Clark Atlanta Panthers (Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference) (2016–2018)
2016–17 Clark Atlanta 21–12 12–6 2nd (East) NCAA Division II First Round
2017–18 Clark Atlanta 24–6 16–3 2nd (East) NCAA Division II First Round
Clark Atlanta: 45–18 (.714) 28–8 (.778)
Little Rock Trojans (Sun Belt Conference) (2018–present)
2018–19 Little Rock 10–21 5–13 T–11th
2019–20 Little Rock 21–10 15–5 1st No postseason held
2020–21 Little Rock 0–0 0–0
Little Rock: 31–31 (.500) 20–18 (.526)
Total: 76–49 (.608)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


  1. ^ "Washington fires head coach Gar Heard". CNN. January 31, 2000.
  2. ^ "Jim Todd, Darrell Walker join Knicks interim coach Mike Woodson's staff as assistants". Associated Press. March 17, 2012. Archived from the original on February 1, 2019. Retrieved March 17, 2012.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 26, 2018. Retrieved March 26, 2018.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Darrell Walker Named Head Men's Basketball Coach". lrtrojans.com. March 27, 2018.

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