Dec. 4, 2000
EVANSTON, Ill. -
Northwestern University football coach Randy Walker was named the Region 3 Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association. The announcement was made today by the AFCA.
Walker was one of five regional honorees at the Division I-A level, and as a result he is now eligible for the AFCA's National Coach of the Year Award. That will be presented at the AFCA Convention in Atlanta on January 9. The other regional winners are Butch Davis of Miami, Fla. (Region 1), Lou Holtz of South Carolina (Region 2), Bob Stoops of Oklahoma (Region 4) and Dennis Erickson of Oregon State (Region 5).
This is the second coaching honor for Walker during the postseason. Last Tuesday, he was named Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year.
Walker oversaw a staggering turnaround at Northwestern from the 1999 season to 2000. The Wildcats went 3-8 overall in 1999, but came back to go 8-3 this fall and win a share of the Big Ten championship. On December 30, Northwestern will play Nebraska in the SYLVANIA Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
In the process, the Wildcats set numerous offensive school records including points scored (424) and total yards (5,232). NU went over the 500-yard mark five times in eight Big Ten games, highlighted by a 654-yard performance against Michigan that not only set a Northwestern record for yards in a game, but also represented the most yards ever given up in a game by a Wolverine defense.
Walker -- who recently signed a contract extension at Northwestern through the 2007 season -- is in his second season with the Wildcats. Prior to his arrival at Evanston, Walker was head coach at Miami (Ohio) for nine seasons, garnering a 59-35-5 mark which made him the winningest coach at the school dubbed "The Cradle of Coaches."