Matt Walker joined the Lady Tiger tennis staff in July of 2008.
"Matt was the hardest working tennis player I have ever seen," Lee Walker said. "His enthusiasm and work ethic is unmatched. I am anxious to get started with him in building on the momentum from last season."
Matt Walker played collegiate tennis at Union University and Middle Tennessee State. He was a member of the Union team from 1995-1997 under coach Brice Bishop. At Union, Walker played number three singles and number two doubles as a freshman, helping to lead the team to its first national tournament invitation in 1996. The team ranked as high as No. 13 in the nation, while Walker reached the third round of the singles and doubles tournament at the 1996 NAIA national championships. He was named to the All-TCAC team as a freshman in 1996
In his sophomore season, Walker played number one and two singles and number one doubles. He helped lead the Union team to a ranking as high as No. 21 in the country, while he was ranked No. 46 in the country in NAIA singles.
Walker transferred to Middle Tennessee State University following his sophomore season at Union, playing his final two collegiate seasons under Dale Short at MTSU. There, he helped the Blue Raiders rank No. 13 in the country by playing two through five singles and two doubles. He earned All-Ohio Valley Conference honors following his junior season.
In his senior season, Walker played number one singles, helping the team rank as high as No. 30 in the country in 1998-99. The team captain his senior season, he also played number one doubles for the nationally-ranked Blue Raiders. He was served on the NCAA Student Athlete Advisory Committee for MTSU. He graduated from MTSU in 1999 as an Honor Graduate from the School of Business with a degree in Finance and a minor in Spanish.
Following his undergraduate career, Walker attended the University of Memphis' Fogelman College of Business, graduating with honors in 2001 with a Master's Degree in Business Administration. While attending the U of M, Walker worked as a tennis professional under former Tiger head coach and volunteer Lady Tiger tennis assistant coach Phil Chamberlain at The Racquet Club of Memphis. There, he coached numerous college scholarship players and headed the Junior National Team, training some of the top junior players in the City of Memphis for two seasons.
Off the court, Walker is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and certified information systems auditor. He worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers, LLP as an accountant and auditor specializing in financial institutions from 2001-2003. He left PriceWaterhouseCoopers in 2003 to join the staff at O'Sullivan Creel, LLP in Destin, Fla. There, he continued work as an accountant and auditor, serving small and medium-sized companies in the Florida panhandle.
While he lived in Florida, Walker served as an advisor for the Board of the South Walton Junior Tennis Foundation, helping spur grass roots tennis in the Panhandle of Florida. He was also a founding member of "Off 98," a grassroots young Christian organization in the Destin area. He also volunteered for various tennis events and clinics in Destin, working with local clubs and resorts, before returning to Memphis.