Kirk Walker enters his third season as an assistant coach for the Omaha women's basketball program in 2016-17. Walker was a legendary high school coach in Iowa and a coach for the Briar Cliff women's team before joining the Mavericks.
Walker began at Briar Cliff in 2011-12 as assistant coach for the women’s basketball team and oversaw the junior varsity team. Walker also led the Sioux City North girls’ basketball program to two state championships in 10 seasons as head coach after taking over in 2001 and compiled more than 300 career wins as a high school head coach. Sioux City North won Class 4A state championships in 2007 and 2009. His teams won or shared seven Missouri River Activities Conference championships and played in eight regional finals.
Walker was a two-time Iowa Basketball Coaches Association (IBCA) Coach of the Year as well as a two-time Iowa Girls Coaches Association District Coach of the Year. He also earned IBCA Region Coach of the Year in 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2011. Coach Walker was inducted into the Iowa Girl's Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2014.
Walker amassed a 315-163 record in his high school head coaching career. He was also head coach at Lawton-Bronson (1986-90) and at Galva-Holstein (1993-2001) before taking over Sioux City North. Walker was an honorable-mention All-North Central Conference football player at Morningside College.
Head Coach Brittany Lange said, “I am more than excited to welcome Coach Walker to the Maverick program and family. He is a man and coach of great integrity, work ethic, and has an unbelievable passion for teaching the game. He has been successful wherever he has been and is highly respected locally by both his peers and players. I am confident and looking forward to Coach Walker fitting in wonderfully and providing an added element to our program."
He and his wife, Nancy, have two children, have a son, Alex, and a daughter, Alissa.