In his first five seasons as head women’s soccer coach at the University of North Alabama, Chris Walker has the Lions to a solid 58-27-7 record that includes reaching the championship match of the 2014 Gulf South Conference Tournament, winning the regular-season and post-season GSC titles in 2015 and advancing to the NCAA Division II South Regional in 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Walker’s first squad in 2013 went 8-8-2 before the 2014 Lions posted a 14-4-1 mark. That team included the Division II National Player of the Year in junior Chloe Richards, who led Division II in four categories, including most goals and most points.
For his part, Walker was voted the 2014 Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year by the other league coaches.
In 2015, Walker led UNA to a 15-3-2 record and the Lions hosted the GSC Tournament for the first time after winning the regular-season GSC crown. After claiming the GSC Tournament title as well, UNA hosted an NCAA South Region event for the first time and made the program's sixth NCAA post-season appearance in the last seven years.
UNA went 8-8-0 in 2016 with a 7-5 Gulf South Conference mark and followed this past season with a 13-4-2 mark hat landed the Lions back in the NCAA Division II South Regional for the third time in his five years at the school and the seventh time in the last nine years.
Walker is the fourth head coach in the 21-year history of the UNA women’s soccer program and came to Florence after serving as an assistant coach at Lee University.
Walker, a Lee graduate and former player on the men’s soccer team there, served as an assistant coach with the Lee women’s team for the three years and helped lead the Flame to two NAIA National Championships.
At UNA, Walker followed Graham Winkworth who posted a 111-81-8 record with the Lions over 10 years and led UNA to four consecutive NCAA Division II Regional Tournaments from 2009-12.
Walker had a successful playing career for the Lee Flames and was an integral part of the squad that qualified for the NAIA national tournament in 2005. He was a captain of the Flames squad and earned all-conference honors on three different occasions. He graduated from Lee in December 2006 with a B.A. in Business Administration and then served as a graduate assistant for the Lee men’s team in 2006-07.
In 2008, Walker moved to Tennessee Tech where he worked as the top assistant and finished his M.A. in Education in July 2008. He was also working as a director of coaching at Westfields Soccer Club in Indiana before returning to Lee in 2010 as assistant coach with the women’s program.
Over his last three seasons at Lee, the school had the best women’s soccer program in the history of the NAIA. Winning three Southern States Athletic Conference regular season and tournament title and back-to-back national championships (2010-11). Lee holds the highest winning percentage in NAIA national tournament play in the history of the organization. Lee also went all three seasons without a loss in league play.
Also during Walker’s time as an assistant at Lee, in addition to the numerous individual awards earned on the field by Flame players, the team carried at least a 3.3 grade point average all three years and was recognized by the NSCAA and NAIA as an Academic Team Scholar Award winner.
Walker is married to former Lee University soccer player, Tiffany Cox Walker and they have a son, Benjamin.