Former Arkansas star Darrell Walker is returning to college basketball.
Walker, who played for the Razorbacks from 1980-83, was named the head coach of Division II Clark Atlanta University on Tuesday.
“With the No. 1 overall draft choice, Clark Atlanta University selects Darrell Walker to be our next men’s basketball head coach,” CAU Athletics Director Lin Dawson said, chuckling, during Walker’s opening press conference on Wednesday.
After a 10-year career in the NBA, Walker quickly transitioned into coaching, becoming an assistant coach with the Toronto Raptors two years later. He became the head coach of the Raptors in 1996, recording a 41-90 record before being fired 49 games into his second season.
In 1999, Walker was named the interim coach of the NBA’s Washington Wizards, going 15-23. He was also interim head coach of the WNBA’s Washington Mystics in 2000, going 14-18
Walker took a four-year break from coaching before returning to the NBA for 10 additional years as an assistant coach. He coached for the New Orleans Hornets (2004-08), the Detroit Pistons (2008-11) and the New York Knicks (2012-14) over that span.
During his time at Arkansas, Walker, a second-team All-American during his senior season, averaged 14.7 points and 5.1 rebounds per game.