ELIZABETH CITY, NC- Elizabeth City State University basketball coach Shawn Walker has announced his resignation to accept the head coach position at Grambling State University (Grambling, Louisiana). “Our department and university family wishes Coach Walker the very best as he transitions to Division I Basketball”, states ECSU Athletic Director J. Lin Dawson. “We appreciated his commitment to ECSU and the legacy he built. He is a solid individual who understands that the platform of Athletics provides a tremendous avenue to impact the community, and in particularly, the youth. Shawn will be a major asset to Grambling. He brings a successful coaching resume, vision, stability, and a strong work ethic that is contagious.”

A search for a new basketball coach is underway and will be announced in the coming weeks. “With student-athletes returning to campus in a couple of weeks, we must put this process on speed- dial. Our student-athletes deserve a well-rounded coach that is the right fit. Emotions fly high when a head coach leaves a program, says Dawson. “Stability is a premium factor is deciding the next leader.” Walker compiled a 196-172 record in thirteen seasons at Elizabeth City State. He coached the Lady Vikings during the 2001-2002 season and the following year took over the men’s program where his teams made three trips to the CIAA title game capturing the title in 2007 ECSU’s, first championship in 26 years. He was named CIAA Coach of the Year in 2008 and coached two CIAA Players of the Year Anthony Hilliard (2007, 2008) and Angelo Sharpless (2012).