An assistant baseball coach at Bellarmine University last season, Matt Walker said there were only a few programs that could tempt him to return to the high school ranks.
Male, his alma mater, was one of them, and now Walker has been chosen to lead the Bulldogs.
Walker, 36, will replace Todd Driskell, who announced his resignation last month after 17 seasons as head coach. His teams reached the Seventh Region championship game eight times, winning in 2003 and 2010. The 2003 team was the state runner-up.
“I have big shoes to fill, no doubt,” said Walker, a 1993 Male graduate who was a pitcher and first baseman for the Bulldogs. “But I’m going to put more pressure on myself being an alum than others are going to put on me because it means something to me personally. I have a passion for Male and want to see Male continue on as strong as it’s been in the past.”
Walker was an assistant coach at Manual for three years (2004-06) and the head coach at Waggener in 2007 before becoming the head coach at North Oldham in 2008. In four seasons with the Mustangs he posted a 76-55 record and led the team to the Eighth Region championship in 2011.
He was an assistant at Bellarmine last season and briefly accepted the head coaching job at Eastern this summer before deciding to turn it down.
Walker inherits a Male program that finished 28-11 last season, winning the 25th District Tournament and falling to St. Xavier 6-5 in the Seventh Region final.
“To be able to coach at my alma mater is a dream come true,” Walker said.
Grammer to coach Seneca boys’ hoops
Brandon Grammer has been named the new boys’ basketball coach at Seneca.
Grammer, who grew up in Northern Kentucky, was the head coach at Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central last season and posted a 15-9 record.
“I found out about the Seneca job through a friend of mine and wanted to get back to Kentucky,” the 30-year-old Grammer said. “I couldn’t ask for a better spot. Seneca is a great spot.”
Grammer is a 2000 graduate of Ryle, where he played basketball, and later attended Northern Kentucky University. He has been an assistant coach in Kentucky (Conner and Ryle), Ohio and Florida.
Grammer will be the fourth coach in four seasons at Seneca, following Steve Sergeant (2009-10), Matt Lemon (2010-11) and Brad Fraser (2011-12). The Redhawks finished 7-22 last season, losing to St. Xavier in the quarterfinals of the Seventh Region Tournament.
“My first goal is to be very competitive in every game we play,” Grammer said. “I’m not going to say we’ll win every game, but I don’t want us to go out feeling like we didn’t compete.”