Sacred Heart hires Walker as new head coach

A former head coach for two college men’s volleyball programs will take over at Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart athletics director Bobby Valentine announced earlier this week that the school hired Greg Walker to be its new head coach for the upcoming season.

Walker spent last season guiding Alderson Broaddus, a program transitioning from club to NCAA Division II membership, to a 21-6 record. In addition, under Walker four Alderson Broaddus players earned Off the Block All-Independent Team honors.


Along with his time at Alderson Broaddus, Walker served as the head coach at Pfeiffer and led the program to a Conference Carolinas championship in 2013. The Penn State graduate also was the head coach of the U.S. Men’s Sitting National Team that during the summer qualified for the upcoming 2016 Paralympic Games.

“I am pleased to welcome Greg to the SHU family as our new head men’s volleyball coach,” Valentine said in a statement. “He has a track record of success at each stop of his career and I look forward to watching our program continue its ascent under his tutelage.”

Walker will take over for former Sacred Heart head coach Kalani Efstathiou.

The Pioneers finished last season tied for sixth place in the EIVA and missed the conference tournament for the fifth consecutive year. The team, though, at 12-13 had its best record since 2011.

Sacred Heart will return a majority of starters for the upcoming season, including all-conference middle attacker Travis Vonholt.