Joseph Pierce Walker, Jr.

Born: April 11 1947
Birthplace: Oxford, MS
Hometown: Utica MS
Resides: Louisville, Ky
Year of Induction: 2018

High School:

Utica, MS

  • Lettered in basketball, track, and cross country
  • Played in 1965 state basketball tournament

College: 

  • Played Freshman basketball and ran track at Ole Miss
  • Transferred to Mississippi College
  • At Mississippi College earned letters Track, Cross Country and Basketball

Career:

  • 1969 Assistant Track Coach at Meridian High School
  • 1970- 1978 Head Track Coach at Mississippi College
  • 1979-1984 Head Track Coach at Ole Miss
  • 1985-1988 Head Track Coach at University of Florida
  • 1989-2012 Head Track Coach at Ole Miss
  • 2012-2018 Assistant Track Coach-Jumps at University of Louisville

Highlights:

  • At MC, he coached Larry Myricks and Joe Boyles to NCAA titles in Long Jump and     Steeple Chase respectively.
  • Won three Gulf South Conference titles
  • Member of the Mississippi College Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Led Florida to five straight SEC Championships
  • Five time NCAA District III Coach of the Year
  • Six time SEC Coach of the Year
  • Two time Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year
  • Led Ole Miss to 11 top 20 finishes in the NCAA
  • Coached 124 All-Americans, 60 SEC individual Champions and 12 NCAA Individual Champions
  • 2002 USOC National Track & Field Coach of the Year
  • Coached World Champion and Gold Medal Olympic Champion Brittany Reese
  • Member of the Mississippi College Athletic Hall of Fame