Camp Set for June 1-5
Men's soccer will host its annual awards banquet April 16.
Camp runs June 10-14 at Park Avenue Campus Field
Kickoff slated for 8 p.m. (CT) at UTEP's University Field
Lady Tigers challenged to win two-game trip to Colorado College and UTEP for first time
This week on Pembroke's Pitch, Bailey talks to women's soccer assistant coach Jonny Walker, or as know by his team, "The Most Interesting Man in the World." Tune in to see how the Q&A between Walker and Bailey pans out.
Memphis native and longtime professional goalkeeper Jonny Walker joined Coach Brooks Monaghan's staff in 2009. Walker brings with him more than a decade of record-setting professional experience, including becoming the first American soccer player to establish a successful professional career in South America (Chile) and completing two different stints in Major League Soccer (MLS).
Walker has consistently groomed success in goalkeepers, as each of his four years on staff has produced at least one school record. In 2009, the trio of keepers combined for a record 12 shutouts. In 2010, the squad posted a second-straight, sub-1.00 goals-against average, the first time that occurred in consecutive seasons in program history.
The trend continued in 2011 as Elise Kuhar-Pitters posted records with 15 shutouts and a 0.46 goals-against average. Under Walker's guidance, Kuhar-Pitters was an NSCAA All-American second team selection, becoming the first keeper to earn All-America honors in program history. In addition to his work with the goalkeepers, Walker has a large impact on the defensive unit.
As a professional, Walker was a member of Universidad Catolica's championship team in Chile's first division in 2002, and he also played in multiple Copa Libertadores tournaments. He finished his South American career with Colo Colo, the only Chilean club to ever win Copa Libertadores.
Walker's final professional stop was with the MLS's Columbus Crew, where he won the team's 2005 Defensive Player of the Year Award after finishing second in MLS with a 1.12 goals-against average. From 2003-05, Walker played with MLS's NY/NJ MetroStars, and in 2003, he became the third goalkeeper in MLS history to finish a season with a sub-1.00 goals-against average with a league-best 0.95 mark. In 2004, Walker started and played three matches for the U.S. National Team, including a 1-0 shutout victory over Mexico.
Walker graduated from Louisville in 2007. He and his wife, Shauna, have two sons, Seth and Adam.