Women's Head Soccer Coach James Walker Accepts Position at Penn State

July 18, 2007

PITTSBURGH - Duquesne University head women's soccer coach James Walker has informed Director of Athletics Greg Amodio of his decision to resign effective immediately to take an assistant coaching position with the Penn State men's soccer program.

"It has been a pleasant experience in my four years at Duquesne," said Walker. "The athletic director and staff have been fantastic and the players have been wonderful to work with. The women's soccer program is in great shape and has considerable potential."

Walker was named Duquesne's third women's head coach in January 2003. He led the Dukes to their most successful season in program history with 10 wins and their first-ever berth in the Atlantic 10 Women's Soccer Championship in 2005. He completed his fourth season last October with a 31-36-6 record. Duquesne finished the 2006 season with a 4-10-2 record, including a 3-5-1 mark in Atlantic 10 play.

"I am looking forward to be working alongside Barry Gorman, one of the most respected coaches in the country and at a top institution like Penn State," said Walker. "I am excited to be working on the men's side again."

Amodio added that a search for Walker's successor will begin immediately.




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