Walters Named Tigers' Cornerbacks Coach
Feb. 28, 2014
Ryan Walters, who helped lead North Texas to a Heart of Dallas Bowl win and a 9-4 record in the school’s first season in Conference USA, has been named the University of Memphis’ cornerbacks coach. Memphis head coach Justin Fuente made the announcement on Friday.
“We are excited to have Ryan join our coaching staff,” Fuente said. “He is an outstanding young coach who will help us continue to build this football program.”
In his lone season at North Texas where he also coached corners, the Mean Green ranked fourth in the nation in turnovers gained (34), fourth in fumbles recovered (16) and 13th in pass interceptions (18). UNT’s defense ranked 17th in total defense, giving up 348.3 yards per game. Additionally, UNT ranked second nationally in red zone defense (.629), fifth nationally in fourth down conversion defense (.308) and eighth nationally in scoring defense (17.8)
North Texas closed out the 2013 season by winning seven of its last eight games, culminating with a 36-14 victory against UNLV at the Heart of Dallas Bowl.
Walters joined the North Texas staff after spending the 2012 season as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma where he helped coach the cornerbacks. The Sooners posted a 10-3 record and played in the 2013 Cotton Bowl.
Walters spent the 2009 season as a student assistant coach working with the secondary at his alma mater, the University of Colorado, before spending two years on the staff at the University of Arizona. He was a graduate assistant at Arizona in 2010 before being promoted to defensive backs coach in 2011.
While at Arizona, he was a part of a Wildcats’ coaching staff which led UA to the 2010 Alamo Bowl.
As a player, Walters had a standout career at Colorado. He started in 33 games and played in 46 contests for the Buffaloes. He earned honorable mention All-Big 12 honors from the Associated Press and first-team All-Colorado honors from the state’s National Football Foundation his senior year.
A team captain for the Buffaloes in 2008, Walters was also picked by his teammates the team’s MVP. He had 87 tackles, two sacks, seven pass deflections, three fumble recoveries and two interceptions his senior year. His 20 career passes defended rate No. 15 in Colorado history and his 223 career tackles were No. 45 all-time.
During his playing time, the Buffaloes played in the Houston Bowl, Champ Sports Bowl and Independence Bowl.
Walters earned his degree in history from Colorado in December, 2008 with dual majors in History and Ethnic Studies. Walters and his wife Tara have a son, Aaron.