11 to Watch: Curtis Walker

  • Posted: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 1:39 a.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, January 1, 2013 2:10 a.m.
Curtis Walker
Curtis Walker

Catawba College’s new head football coach Curtis Walker made it clear during his first press conference that he plans to recruit men of character to play on his team.

He wants focus on molding student athletes instead of men with simply athletic ability.


Walker, a three-time All-American linebacker for Catawba, is replacing Chip Hester, who resigned after a 4-7 season and is now the college’s director of athletic development.

He spent last season as the defensive coordinator at Western Carolina.

Walker, 42, joined David Bennett’s staff at Catawba in 1995. He was promoted to defensive coordinator in 2001, and the Indians were ranked first in Division II in scoring defense. He followed Bennett to Coastal Carolina University to start a football program there.

After being named head coach at Catawba in December, Walker said he’s happy to be coming home.

— Sarah Campbell

Curtis Walker

If you won the lottery?  I would consider it a blessing and use some of those funds to help reach areas and people in need of a blessing.

Favorite TV show? “Sportscenter.” It is the first and last thing I watch every day

Who should play you in a movie?  Jalon Walker — My son has shown great talent and is bound for stardom. I am sure that he will know the script well.

You last meal?  Ground Bison Burger, potato tots and ice-cold water.

Who will you watch in 2013?  Catawba’s head baseball coach Jim Gantt and the amazing team. I am looking forward to watching governor-elect Pat McCrory. His cabinet and leadership team objectives are to institute a culture of customer service to state government, identifying and implementing efficiencies in state government, collaborating and sharing resources across department of agencies and instituting the highest ethical standards while serving in government. His work ethic and success will continue to be a guide for every Catawba College student.

Biggest Challenge in 2013?  I feel my biggest challenge in 2013 will be to try to remain patient in getting the 2013 season underway. Having the opportunity to return to lead a team that has rich tradition from many great coaches in several sports is very exciting. I look forward to the process that is needed in building a team. Our excitement will show from recruiting the 2013 class, winter gym, spring practice and all that comes before fall camp begins. Then at that point, we will take it one game at a time and enjoy the ride. 

Biggest Hope for 2013?  My biggest hope for 2013 is for our players to adapt to the vision that our coaches have for our program. Our vision for them is to develop the work ethic to work as hard as they can for as long as it takes to be successful in all areas of their lives.

Reaction to making the list?  I am humbled and blessed to share the list with others who are deserving of such recognition. I look forward to allowing our play on the field and our involvement in the community to fuel the interest that the Post is giving us.

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