Fever Hire Cedric Walker as New Head CoachPosted: Updated:
KENNEWICK, Wash - The head coach saga may finally be over for the Tri-Cities Fever. Today the team announced their new head coach, Cedric Walker.
Walker comes to the Fever after coaching the Everett Hawks last season. The Hawks team folded in September leaving Walker without a job. He says once he heard the Fever job was open he made a call to an old friend. "I called Mr. MacGregor and Mr. Schillinger and told them that I loved the area and the fan support they get here. And I'm very blessed that they chose me."
Walker knows Fever owner Doug MacGregor from his time as an AF2 player with the Austin Wranglers. That only made the decision easier for Fever General Manager Randy Schillinger. "They've done their research on him, he's played for them. Between that and what I knew, that was all I needed."
The main point that the team seemed to drive home at Walker's press conference is the high moral character that this new coach will bring to the team, especially after having to let go of former head coach Tony Wells because of exisiting legal issues. "The main thing I think he wants to have is a good character guy," says Walker. "Now I don't know the gist of what happened with Coach Wells. All I can tell you is that from this point it's going to be you and me. If there are any problems it's Coach Walker and my staff and we will get things taken care of."
Open tryouts for the Fever are coming up on November 18th but Walker says he's already got a few players in mind, including a standout from last year's Fever team, J.R. Thomas. "It's my plan b," says J.R. "you always got to have a plan b. Right now I'm concentrating on the AFL but if that doesn't work out you know I'm definitely calling Randy and Coach Walker and we'll sit down and work some things out."
J.R. added that he spoke with coach Walker last night and already says he sees a big difference from the coaching style of Tony Wells. "Coach Walker is a players coach, he's been there before so he's a players guy, just not to the extent of Coach Wells. So Coach Walker really keeps that respect."
Walker will now make his way back to his home in Victorville, California where he lives with his wife Shameka and their two daughters. He'll be moving his family up here in a couple of weeks just in time for tryouts.