ITTA BENA, Miss. – Mississippi Valley State University's Director of Athletics Dianthia Ford-Kee has announced Ashley Walker as the fifth head women's basketball coach. Walker brings 12 years of collegiate coaching experience.
Walker comes to MVSU after serving two years as head coach at Wiley College. While at Wiley, she tallied an overall record of 39-17.
Before taking on the head role at Wiley, Walker spent three seasons as an assistant at South Carolina State University. While at South Carolina State, she helped the team to an impressive 20-9 record in her first season and coached two-time All-MEAC performer Kourtney Williams, who finished her career as the seventh all-time leading scorer in SCSU women's basketball history. During her tenure, South Carolina State also record victories over Clemson University and several teams from the Big South, SoCon, Atlantic South and Ohio Valley Conferences.
Prior to SC State, Walker was an assistant coach at Angelina College in Lufkin, Texas for seven seasons (2005-2012). During her time there, the team compiled a record of 135-81.
Walker, a Bryan, Texas native, played two years at Angelina College after leaving Bryan High School as a highly sought-after recruit. Her success at the junior-college level led to a scholarship at Texas Wesleyan University where she played for another two seasons before receiving her Bachelor of Science in exercise of sports studies in 2005.
Upon graduating, Walker returned to Angelina College as an assistant to head coach Bryan Coleman. During her time at there, the team set a school-record 26 wins in the 2009-10 season, and she helped coach three National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Americans, two Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) All-Americans and two freshmen of the year. Additionally, the 2006-07 team earned Academic All-American honors. Several of Walker's Lady Roadrunner players went on to play Division I basketball.
Coach Walker will be introduced to the public and the media on May 17, 2017 at 12:00 pm in the MVSU cience and Technology Auditorium.