Bruce Walker to Retire from Coaching



July 1, 2014

University of Missouri assistant football coach Bruce Walker is retiring from coaching, and plans to move to Washington state to be with his family. Walker, 53, has been part of Head Coach Gary Pinkel's staff from the beginning, coming to Mizzou prior to the 2001 season. Walker served as Tight Ends coach and Assistant Offensive Line coach from 2001-2008, and moved exclusively to Co-Offensive Line coach from 2009-2013. He also coached with Pinkel at Toledo from 1996-2000, giving him 18 years overall on Pinkel's staff. Walker coached three Mizzou tight ends who won 1st-Team All-American status, including Chase Coffman, who won the Mackey Award in 2008, as the nation's top tight end. In 2013, senior Justin Britt won 1st-Team All-Southeastern Conference honors, and became a 2nd-round NFL Draft pick by the Seattle Seahawks this spring - the highest a Tiger offensive lineman has been drafted since 1987.

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"Bruce informed me last night that he feels the time is right for him to step away from coaching. Bruce has been a very important part of our success here at Mizzou, and I'm very grateful to him and his family for all of the sacrifices they have made to help our program succeed. We're going to miss him, no question, and we wish him nothing but the best. Exactly what steps we take here to fill this spot, it's too soon to know, but we'll get to work on that right away."

Bruce Walker

"In this business everybody has a time when they need to hang it up, and it's my time. I'm very proud to have been a part of 102 wins here and all that we've achieved, and I'm proud of the legacy I leave behind with all the players I've touched over a 26-year career. Mizzou has been a special place for me, I've loved my time here and I'll always be Tiger. I've had a great run and now it's time to go be with my family and do other things. Coaches don't often get to go out on their own terms, so I'm grateful that I have the opportunity to do it my way."



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