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
Memphis set for showdown with UCF on Friday as teams have won or shared C-USA title the last five years
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 goalkeeping star 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).
"We are extremely fortunate to have Jonny on our staff here at the University of Memphis," Monaghan said. "His experience playing for teams in MLS, Chile, and the national teams is something that is very hard to find."
Walker has consistently groomed success in goalkeepers, as in each of the four years he 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 in program history. The trend continued as Elise Kuhar-Pitters posted records with 15 shutouts and a 0.46 goals-against average. Under Walker's guidance, Kuhar-Pitters was named an NSCAA All-American second team selection, the first goalkeeper in program history to be named an All-American honored.
As a professional, Walker was a member of Universidad Catolica's championship team in Chile's first division in 2002, and 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 most recent 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 GAA. 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 GAA with a league-best 0.95 GAA. In 2004, Walker started and played three matches for the U.S. National Team, including a 1-0 shutout victory over Mexico.
Prior to returning to the U.S. in 2003, Walker spent six months with Colo Colo in Chile's First Division. From 1997-2002, Walker broke numerous national records for Universidad Catolica in Chile's First Division.
In 2001, Walker won the Chilean Goalkeeper of the Year. In 1998, on loan from Catolica, Walker played for Club Hauchipato and was named the team's MVP.
Prior to going overseas, Walker played one season with the Dallas Burn of the MLS in 1996. He began his professional career with the Memphis Jackals of the United States Indoor Soccer League.
Walker is also very involved with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, giving free soccer clinics to kids that raise the most money through their soccer clubs for the Soccer Kicks for Cancer program. In 2005, Walker was named the Ambassador for the State of Tennessee for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Walker graduated from Louisville in 2007. He and his wife, Shauna, have two sons, Seth and Adam.