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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Cedric Walker arrived for his first day of work at his new office Monday, but he's been working since the day he was hired last November. "It's been fun," said Walker. "We still have lots to do." He spent Monday making calls, going over the roster, and analyzing hours of game film on his laptop computer.
Walker, who coached at Everett last year, drove to Kennewick from Victorville, California. His wife and kids are staying back in southern California during the season.
"My wife couldn't do it again." Walker said about his wife, who followed him to Everett last season. "She wants to stay at home. Last year was hard on my kids, who missed their cousins and their friends. But I did bring my dog, so I'm okay with that."
Walker already has most of his roster set, and says he already has a game plan for his first opponent, Stockton, on March 28. "I've been breaking down fIlm, talking to agents left and right, In regards to getting the guys together. All the teams we have in our conference, I've already broken them down, trying to get tendencies."
Walker is replacing Tony Wells, who was let go due to outstanding warrants. The coach before Wells, Dan Whitsett, resigned right before the playoffs two years ago, and never gave an explanation. Sitting in the Fever coaching office, KNDU's Scott Reister asked Walker if he worried that the Fever coaching position was "cursed." Walker is the third coach in three years.
"No, not at all," Walker said. "I can't worry about what happened before me. All I can do is take advantage of the time I have here and of this opportunity. My biggest thing is making sure this will be a first class organization."