A look at the squad ahead of the season-opener versus Boston College on Saturday
FB SPRING GAME Photos by Thom Kendall '93
Charles Walker was introduced as Massachusetts' outside linebackers coach by Head Coach Mark Whipple in the Spring of 2014. Walker is an alum of UMass and was a four-year letterwinner during his career as a student-athlete.
As a player, he maintained an illustrious career at linebacker and on special teams. He appeared in 50 games and started 36, totaling 340 total tackles (58 TFL), 38 sacks, and one interception. In 2004, he tied the Massachusetts single-game high for tackles (23), a record he shares with John McKeown. Walker also tallied 10 career games in which he earned 10 or more tackles.
Walker's accolades as a player are numerous. In addition to being named a captain in 2007, he was named a CAA First-Team Linebacker, New England Writers All-Star, and CAA Preseason All-Conference member.
In 2006, he received Atlantic 10 Second-Team honors and was named honorable mention for the Don Hansen All-Northeast Region Team. That season, he also helped lead the Minutemen to the NCAA Division I-AA Championship Game under Head Coach Don Brown.
Following his student-athlete career, Walker served Nichols College (Mass.) for four years in a number of capacities, including linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator.
In 2012 and 2013, he was a member of the Vanderbilt University staff with the title of defensive quality control coach. In 2013, the Commodores ranked second in interceptions in the Southeastern Conference (18), led in interception return yards (277), and tied for fourth in sacks (28). Walker was a member of James Franklin's coaching staff in Nashville that is credited for turning around the Vandy program into a top-caliber bowl contending team during their time there.
He is a native of North Lauderdale, Fla. and holds a Bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Massachusetts.
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