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Former Tiger tennis player Lee Taylor Walker is entering his third year as an assistant coach with the men's tennis program and his first year as an assistant with the women's program in 2006-07.
A three-year letterwinner for the Tiger tennis team from 2001-2004, Walker was named the program's first-ever All-Conference USA first team honoree following a senior season which saw him ranked as high as #48 in the country in singles.That same season, Walker led five newcomers to Memphis' first ever C-USA semifinal appearance. Walker capped his Tiger career with 54 singles wins and 64 doubles wins after coming to Memphis in his sophomore season following his one year at Clemson. In Memphis, he teamed with Ben Stapp, and the duo became the first-ever Tiger doubles team to earn a national ranking, climbing as high as No. 12 in the country before Stapp graduated. In 2005, Walker was one of ten players selected to the C-USA All-Decade Team (1995-2005).
"LT's playing ability is very beneficial for the team. His work ethic sets a good example for all the players," Goebel said. "He was highly successful with our program both on and off the court."
Walker was selected by the ITA after his senior season (2003-04) as the men's tennis recipient of the ITA/Arthur Ashe Sportsmanship and Leadership award, which he received in New York during the U.S. Open festivities. This award goes to a player who has exhibited outstanding sportsmanship and leadership as well as scholastic, extracurricular and tennis achievements. He is the first Tiger to ever receive the national award that is given annually to one men's and one women's college tennis player for their accomplishments. That same year, Walker was also awarded the C-USA sportsmanship award.
While a student-athlete at Memphis, Walker helped re-form a chapter of the Fellowship for Christian Athletes (FCA), coordinating huddle meetings, visits to Streets Ministries and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Lee currently works with Campus Outreach, a ministry on the University of Memphis campus devoted to helping students take their spiritual next step and serve the community.
"I want to help this university develop champions on the court and men and women of character off the court," said Walker. "I believe that success on the tennis court is achieved after the need for inner-growth is realized. Coaches throughout my life have helped me see this and now I want to assist our players in that growing process."
A native of Jackson, Tenn., Walker attended the University School of Jackson before playing one year of college tennis at Clemson. While at Clemson, he was an ACC Academic Honor Roll member. He was a two-time ITA Scholar-Athlete while at Memphis.
Lee Taylor finished graduate school in December (2006), receiving his Master's Degree in Human Movement Sciences with a concentration in Sport & Leisure Commerce. He is engaged to Erin May Ferris, a former Lady Tiger soccer player. They plan to get married following the spring season.