Former JSU Assistant Takes Reins as New Coahoma Softball Coach
CLARKSDALE – Newly named Coahoma Community College Softball Coach Darnell Walker knows the importance of students athletes being productive both on the playing field, and in the classroom.
During the last two years, he was part of a successful Jackson State University softball program that boasted 25 or more wins during the 2013 and 2014 seasons while his athletes boasted an average GPA of 3.2 and 3.47 in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
“I look forward to instilling that in-class and on-field work ethic in our players. I am focused excelling in both. The last two years several of our students excelled on the diamond and earned All-American Academic honors. I am thankful that Dr. (Valmadge) Towner and Freeman Horton (Athletic Director) had the confidence to entrust their vision of excellence for Coahoma to me.”
The JSU Tigers also ranked in the Top 25 in the nation in five offensive categories and defeated Texas Tech (2013) and Arkansas (2014). The wins were a first for any sports program at JSU over a Big 12 or SEC team.
Coach Walker completed his first day on the job Tuesday, acclimating himself to the campus and Clarksdale area.
“You’ve got the first tool for recruiting,” said Walker. “Coahoma Community College has a good looking, well kept campus. Prospective players will be impressed.”
Walker has worked his way up through sports management since graduating from Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and received his Masters Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation from Jackson State University.
“We are fortunate to have a coach with a proven winning record on the diamond and that recognizes the important of performing in the classroom as well,” said Coahoma Community College President Dr. Valmadge Towner. “Our goal in sports is to be competitive throughout (the MACJC) in every sport in which we participate.”
Coach Walker anticipates having softball tryouts as soon after school begins as possible. For information on tryouts, interested prospects can call CCC’s Athletic Department at (662) 621-4223.