Catawba College football coach resigns from the team

Curtis Walker began playing for the Catawba Indians in 1988 and worked his way up the coaching ranks after graduation.

Catawba County, NC – Curtis Walker spreads all over the world Catoba Football College Record books and have been there for some big moments throughout the team’s history.

He was there to set a team record for tackles in a game in 1991. He was there when the team won three consecutive conference titles from 1999 to 2001. He was there when Catawba College He had success in the NCAA playoffs in 2015.

In just about everything the Catawba college football team has done in the past three decades, Walker has been there.

But his long spell with the team is coming to an end. Walker announced his resignation this week and will step down as head coach of Catawba College.

Walker’s resignation comes after a disappointing 1-10 finish to the 2022 season. Catawba College’s only win of the season came in the first week against Livingston. The team has been outdone in nearly every competition this year and lost Walker’s final game 61-23 to Carson Newman.

However, the turbulent times do not sum up Walker’s tenure with the team. The Catawba College staff expressed their gratitude for all he accomplished with the team.

“We are grateful to Coach Walker for his many contributions to Catawba College and our football program,” said Michelle Cadigan, Catawba Athletics Director. “I am excited to have the opportunity to spend more time with his family and watch his sons compete in football at a very high level.”

Walker attended Catawba College in 1988 and played for the school’s soccer team as a defender when the college was still competing in the NAIA.

In 1991, Walker was named the team’s best player and served as the team captain during his senior year in 1992. Walker earned American honors in three of his four years on the team.

During a game against Wofford in 1991, Walker set a record for 25 team saves. In the same season, Walker recovered from six failures, which is also a team record.

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Walker graduated from Catawba College with a degree in Sociology. He trained at Salisbury High School for a year before returning to Catawba College to be an assistant coach.

Walker was named the team’s defensive coordinator in 2001. In his first year as a defense lead, Catawba College allowed the lowest points count in all of NCAA Division II football. That year, the team won the South Atlantic Conference (SAC) and reached the semi-finals of the NCAA Division II playoffs.

In 2002, Walker left to become defensive coordinator for Coastal Carolina. He stayed there for a decade before leaving to work as an assistant coach with West Carolina State for one season.

Walker returned to Catawba College to be the head coach in 2012. Catawba’s best college season with Walker as head coach came in 2015, when he was named SAC Coach of the Year and the school made its NCAA playoff debut since 2001, and in 2017 when The team finished 9-2.

Overall, Walker set a 50-61 record with Catawba College as head coach.

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“I didn’t realize how much Catawba College had affected my life when I arrived on campus in 1988,” Walker said. “I am forever grateful for the relationships forged, friendships, and opportunities that have been provided over the past 34 years. My love for the Catawba College football program is the reason I come back to campus, and also why I feel now is the time to leave.”

Catawba College will now conduct a national search for the team’s next head coach.

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