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Walking the walk

Photo by ||Jesse Charlton|| [email protected]

While playing college football, Panther football Head Coach Dannie Walker never considered becoming a coach, until one day the opportunity presented itself.

“It all came by chance—I was originally going to school to become a physical therapist,” Walker says.

Walker started his coaching career at the high school level as an assistant coach for Elk Grove High School in 2000. He furthered his career by taking a higher-level coaching job at Encino High School. There, he eventually became head coach.

“It’s always been a passion of mine, seeing people get better at what they love to do,” Walker says.

Whether the team is playing a game or studying in class, Walker believes strictness and self-control are imperative to success in life.

“We have a lot of self-discipline, and if [the players are] in violation of the rules, then they know it. We put it back on the players,” Walker says about the team.

Walker says he wants his team members to maintain a high level of not only discipline, but also a competitive attitude.

“Always compete. Whether you’re on or off the field,” Walker tells his players.

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“He is pretty inspiring. He wants to bring out the best in us,” Dotts says.

Walker’s players are not the only ones taking note of his strong coaching ability. Mitch Campbell, the dean of physical education, health and athletics, acknowledges Walker’s ability to encourage the players for their best efforts, both on the football field and in the classroom.

“Coach Walker has done a great job and is a tremendous leader for the program,” says Campbell. “He is a true proponent in the concept of the student athlete and is doinggreat work for the student athletes both on and off the field.”

Walker has been at City College since 2005 and says he does not plan on leaving the football program anytime soon.

“I don’t look that far in advance. It’s a historical program, and I have a vision for where I want this program to be, where I want it to go. I can’t look beyond that until that vision is completed,” Walker says.

Born in Denver, Colo., Walker moved to Salinas, Calif. at age of 13 where he lived until moving to Sacramento to attend college. Walker attended Sacramento State on a scholarship for football, where he played as a Hornet and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. Walker later went on to complete his master’s degree in sports management from California University-Pennsylvania.

When not coaching football, Walker enjoys snowboarding, playing pickup games of basketball, and rounds of golf with friends. Life is about finding balance, he says.

“We got to keep our sanity, got to have fun too.”

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