October 21, 2014

Lange rounds out her coaching staff at UNO by hiring an Iowa legend

Kirk Walker, a legendary high school coach in Iowa and women’s assistant coach at Briar Cliff, has accepted an assistant coach position on the Omaha women’s basketball coaching staff.  Head Coach Brittany Lange announced his hiring on Tuesday. Walker joins Lange and assistants Lee Aduddell and Rodney Rogan on the UNO staff. Former assistant and director of operations Elisha Turek left to pursue a career outside of basketball coaching.

Walker began at Briar Cliff in 2011-12 as assistant coach for the women’s basketball team and oversaw the junior varsity team.

Walker also led the Sioux City North girls’ basketball program to two state championships in 10 seasons as head coach after taking over in 2001 and compiled more than 300 career wins as a high school head coach. Sioux City North won Class 4A state championships in 2007 and 2009. His teams won or shared seven Missouri River Activities Conference championships and played in eight regional finals.

Walker was a two-time Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year as well as a two-time Iowa Girls Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. He also earned IBCA Region Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2011.

Walker amassed a 315-163 record in his high school head coaching career. He was also head coach at Lawton-Bronson (1986-90) and at Galva-Holstein (1993-2001) before taking over Sioux City North. Walker was an honorable-mention All-North Central Conference football player at Morningside College.

Story courtesy of UNO Athletics.