LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Motlow State Community College has named Bart Walker the new head coach of the women’s basketball program effective Apr. 13, according to C. Scott Shasteen, Motlow athletic director. He is the 12th head coach of the program, which began competition in 1974.
Walker comes to Motlow after serving the previous four years as an assistant women’s basketball coach at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville. He served under Head Coach Jim Davis, who recently announced his retirement from coaching.
“We are thrilled to have a coach with the credentials that Bart Walker possesses joining our coaching staff at Motlow State,” said Shasteen. “He has proven himself to be a winner at every stop in his coaching career. He is a tireless recruiter who understands the challenges of junior college and has consistently produced quality programs and quality student athletes.”
Prior to his stay in Cookeville, Walker was the head basketball coach at Northwest Florida State College in Niceville, Fla. from 2008-10. He compiled a 38-16 overall record, with his team being ranked as high as No. 4 in the nation.
Walker was women’s head coach at Chattanooga State from 2004-08, where he led the Lady Tigers to the 2006 Tennessee Community College Athletic Association (TCCAA) Region VII tournament championship and a berth in the National Junior College Athletic Association tournament, where they advanced to the Elite Eight.
He began his head coaching career at Hiwassee College in Madisonville, Tenn. In 2000. The Lady Tigers were 81-35 during his four seasons. Hiwassee was a member of the TCCAA during Walker’s time as head coach, winning the tournament championship and advancing to the national tournament in 2003 and 2004, advancing to the Elite Eight both seasons.
Walker began his coaching career in 1992 as a volunteer assistant at Walters State Community College in Morristown, Tenn., serving on Bill Carlyle’s staff for seven years. He played for Carlyle at Walters State and graduated with an associate’s degree in 1991. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1992 and his master’s degree in education in 2000 from Lincoln Memorial University in Harrogate, Tenn.
As a player at Lincoln Memorial he was the team captain and a recipient of the Lincoln Memorial Academic Award.
In his 10 years as a head coach, Walker has compiled an impressive 217-71 record with three Elite Eight appearances. He has recruited and developed six All-Americans and has won four Coach of the Year awards. Sixty of his players have gone on to become student-athletes at four-year universities.
Walker inherits a Lady Bucks’ program that completed the 2015-16 season with an 11-16 overall record, including 7-11 in the TCCAA.