Coaches

David Walker
Running Backs Coach
College:
Syracuse
Hometown:
Rochester, NY
Experience:
4

David Walker enters his fourth season with the Colts as the team’s running backs coach. Walker holds 20 years of coaching experience, including 16 years in the collegiate ranks.

 

In 2013, the Colts rushed for 1,743 yards, their highest total since 2006. Walker was tasked with leading four different starting running backs after Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw were both placed on Injured Reserve early in the year. After the Colts acquired Trent Richardson in a midseason trade with the Cleveland Browns, he finished the year with 458 rushing yards and three touchdowns to go along with 28 receptions for 265 yards and one touchdown. Donald Brown led the team with 102 rushing attempts for 537 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. His 5.3-yard rushing average was the highest mark for a Colts player since 1961. Brown also posted career highs with 27 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

 

In 2012, Walker headed a running back unit which averaged 27.5 rushing attempts and 104.4 rushing yards per game, the most for the team since the 2007 season. He also groomed Ballard, who ranked second in the AFC and fifth in the NFL among rookies in rushing yards (814) and ranked sixth in franchise history for the most rushing attempts (211) and rushing yards by a rookie. Ballard notched his first 100-yard rushing performance (105) in Week 15 at Houston, making him the first Colts player to rush for over 100 yards since Dec. 24, 2006. Walker also guided the likes of Brown, who totaled 108 carries for 417 yards and one touchdown before being placed on Injured Reserve, and Delone Carter, who tallied 32 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns in his second season.

 

In 2011, Walker helped the Indianapolis backfield put together a solid campaign as the group gained 1,594 rushing yards, which was the most since 2007 prior to the team’s total in 2012. On the season, the Colts averaged 4.17 yards per carry, the most for Indianapolis since 2004. Walker helped Brown set career highs in rushing yards (645) and rushing touchdowns (five). Brown also set his single-game career-high by gaining 161 rushing yards in a Week 15 meeting against Tennessee.

 

Prior to joining the Colts, Walker spent six seasons as the running backs coach at the University of Pittsburgh (2005-2010). In 2010, running backs Dion Lewis and Ray Graham combined for 1,983 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns and both finished in the top 60 among national rushing leaders. During the 2009 season, Walker tutored Lewis as he rushed for 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns while earning Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. From 2007-08, Walker tutored future Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 2,816 yards and 36 touchdowns. McCoy was a unanimous All-Big East choice and was selected as Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2008.

 

From 1995-2004, Walker served as the running backs coach at Syracuse University, where he oversaw a school-record four consecutive 1,000-yard rushers (2000-03). He coached three of Syracuse’s top seven all-time leading rushers, including Walter Reyes (3,424 yards), the school’s second all-time leading rusher.

 

In his collegiate coaching career, Walker worked with eight players who went on to play in the NFL. He started his coaching career in 1994 at Miami’s Carol City High School.

 

Walker played running back at Syracuse, earning All-Big East honors twice. In 1992, he was a team captain as Syracuse finished sixth in the nation and beat Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. He finished with 2,643 rushing yards, then the fourth-most in school history, ahead of former Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

 

Walker was born in Rochester, N.Y. He and his wife, Marilin, have two sons, Jalen and Jordan.

 

Coaching Career

1994                Carol City High School            Assistant Coach

1995-2004       Syracuse                                 Running Backs

2005-2010       University of Pittsburgh           Running Backs

2011-2014       Indianapolis Colts                    Running Backs

David Walker enters his fourth season with the Colts as the team’s running backs coach. Walker holds 20 years of coaching experience, including 16 years in the collegiate ranks.

 

In 2013, the Colts rushed for 1,743 yards, their highest total since 2006. Walker was tasked with leading four different starting running backs after Vick Ballard and Ahmad Bradshaw were both placed on Injured Reserve early in the year. After the Colts acquired Trent Richardson in a midseason trade with the Cleveland Browns, he finished the year with 458 rushing yards and three touchdowns to go along with 28 receptions for 265 yards and one touchdown. Donald Brown led the team with 102 rushing attempts for 537 yards and a career-high six touchdowns. His 5.3-yard rushing average was the highest mark for a Colts player since 1961. Brown also posted career highs with 27 receptions for 214 yards and two touchdowns.

 

In 2012, Walker headed a running back unit which averaged 27.5 rushing attempts and 104.4 rushing yards per game, the most for the team since the 2007 season. He also groomed Ballard, who ranked second in the AFC and fifth in the NFL among rookies in rushing yards (814) and ranked sixth in franchise history for the most rushing attempts (211) and rushing yards by a rookie. Ballard notched his first 100-yard rushing performance (105) in Week 15 at Houston, making him the first Colts player to rush for over 100 yards since Dec. 24, 2006. Walker also guided the likes of Brown, who totaled 108 carries for 417 yards and one touchdown before being placed on Injured Reserve, and Delone Carter, who tallied 32 carries for 122 yards and three touchdowns in his second season.

 

In 2011, Walker helped the Indianapolis backfield put together a solid campaign as the group gained 1,594 rushing yards, which was the most since 2007 prior to the team’s total in 2012. On the season, the Colts averaged 4.17 yards per carry, the most for Indianapolis since 2004. Walker helped Brown set career highs in rushing yards (645) and rushing touchdowns (five). Brown also set his single-game career-high by gaining 161 rushing yards in a Week 15 meeting against Tennessee.

 

Prior to joining the Colts, Walker spent six seasons as the running backs coach at the University of Pittsburgh (2005-2010). In 2010, running backs Dion Lewis and Ray Graham combined for 1,983 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns and both finished in the top 60 among national rushing leaders. During the 2009 season, Walker tutored Lewis as he rushed for 1,799 yards and 17 touchdowns while earning Big East Offensive Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year honors. From 2007-08, Walker tutored future Philadelphia Eagles running back LeSean McCoy, who rushed for 2,816 yards and 36 touchdowns. McCoy was a unanimous All-Big East choice and was selected as Big East Offensive Player of the Year in 2008.

 

From 1995-2004, Walker served as the running backs coach at Syracuse University, where he oversaw a school-record four consecutive 1,000-yard rushers (2000-03). He coached three of Syracuse’s top seven all-time leading rushers, including Walter Reyes (3,424 yards), the school’s second all-time leading rusher.

 

In his collegiate coaching career, Walker worked with eight players who went on to play in the NFL. He started his coaching career in 1994 at Miami’s Carol City High School.

 

Walker played running back at Syracuse, earning All-Big East honors twice. In 1992, he was a team captain as Syracuse finished sixth in the nation and beat Colorado in the Fiesta Bowl. He finished with 2,643 rushing yards, then the fourth-most in school history, ahead of former Heisman Trophy winner Ernie Davis and NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown. Walker holds a bachelor’s degree in physical education.

 

Walker was born in Rochester, N.Y. He and his wife, Marilin, have two sons, Jalen and Jordan.

 

Coaching Career

1994                Carol City High School            Assistant Coach

1995-2004       Syracuse                                 Running Backs

2005-2010       University of Pittsburgh           Running Backs

2011-2014       Indianapolis Colts                    Running Backs

 

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