Nov. 11, 2013
BEAUMONT – After putting together a stellar career at the University of New Mexico, Alesha Walker has been named an assistant coach for the Lamar track and field program, as announced by head coach Trey Clark on Monday.
“I’m very excited to add Alesha to our staff,” Clark said. “She brings in a wealth of experience, especially coming from a jumps program like New Mexico, and I think she’ll do a great job for us. I’m glad she’s joined our program.”
“I’m definitely motivated and excited to work with a new group here at Lamar, and I look forward to showing what I have to offer,” Walker said. “We had some coaching changes when I was an athlete, so I know what the team has been going through over the past few weeks, and I think that experience is going to help me here.”
Walker, who spent the last two-plus seasons as a graduate assistant for the Lobos, was also one of the school’s most decorated athletes, putting up a school-record long jump of 21 feet, four inches to qualify for the 2008 Olympic Trials. She also holds the indoor school record in the event with a mark of 20 feet, 1.5 inches. As a coach, the Killeen, Texas, native worked primarily with the jumpers and helped with the everyday operations of the office.
“I understand the pressure and the excitement that comes along with those big meets,” Walker explained. “I have a great feel for what the athletes will have to focus on when they’re on a big stage, and hopefully we’ll be able to use that to their advantage.”
“For the athletes that are here, I think having a former athlete that has been through what they’ve been through will be a big help,” Clark added. “Any time you can bring in someone with national level exposure as an athlete, it’s going to help the kids. She can share her experiences and the team can learn from her past.”
At Lamar, Walker will work primarily with the jumps group, which includes 2013 Indoor Freshman of the Year Johnathon Reece on the men’s side and the duo of Beatrice Douglas and Erin Brown on the women’s side, each coming off a season that featured a top-three performance in school history in the long jump.
Walker graduated from UNM with a degree in Psychology in 2011.