Release: March 5, 2007
Binghamton University men's basketball coach Walker to step aside
VESTAL, N.Y. - Binghamton men's basketball coach Al Walker and Director of Athletics Joel Thirer have reached agreement that Walker will relinquish his coaching responsibilities and will be reassigned within the department for the remainder of his contract, which runs through August 2008.
Walker coached the Bearcats for seven seasons and all six Division I campaigns. His teams compiled a win-loss record of 92-108. The Bearcats finished 13-16 this season and lost to Boston University 62-58 in the America East quarterfinals on Saturday.
"Al and his staff brought in good caliber young men to represent the University and he devoted time and energy to help our players achieve both on the basketball floor and academically," Thirer said. "His efforts enabled us to get off to a good start as we transitioned from Division II to I."
"I am very proud of the basketball program we have built at Binghamton," Walker said. "We have a 100% graduation rate for all players who have completed their eligibility at Binghamton and in our tenure, the third-highest winning percentage in America East play, behind only Vermont and Boston. Our players have represented the University and the community as gentlemen and quality citizens.
"I thank Dr. Thirer and President DeFleur for a great seven-year experience," Walker said. "The program is in excellent condition and I wish only the best to the returning players and new coaching staff. I look forward to some new and exciting professional challenges."
The University will begin an immediate national search for a new men's basketball coach.
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