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Student-athletes who choose to pursue their soccer careers at Ohio State University are instructed, mentored and cared-for by an innovative and expert coaching staff led by North Carolina graduate and Big Ten Coach of the Year Lori Walker. Now in her 12th year on the Columbus campus, Walker and her staff have led the Buckeyes to four NCAA tournament appearances in the last six years, including 2007 when the team also advanced to the Big Ten tournament championship game for the fourth time. Walker surrounds Ohio State’s student-athletes with creative teachers that include associate head coach and recruiting coordinator Greg Miller and former U.S. National Teams assistant coach Stephanie Gabbert. The staff instructs through a blend of team and character-building exercises and individual skill development that creates a perfect chemistry for winning games and reaching goals. Ohio State’s players not only revel in the successes from all their work on the pitch, but they also have a tremendous respect and appreciation for their coaches. Here are comments from current members of the team when asked to complete this sentence: Ohio State coaches… • “Take great pride in everything they do.” • “Love their jobs, Ohio State and their team.” • “Are wonderful teachers and supporters.” • “Are full of surprises.” • “Get it…big!” • “Are sheer gems.” • “Push you to your fullest and push you to where you need to go to get better.” • “Rock my world.” Credit Walker for assembling such a terrific staff and for allowing her assistants the freedom to coach, to lead and to experiment. That’s what experience as a coach will allow and Walker’s experience, soccer knowledge and ability to build skills extend way beyond the impressive Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium, home of the Buckeyes, and the lovely Ohio State campus. WINS, CHAMPIONSHIPS AND NCAAS Walker has 13 years as a Division I head coach behind her with two years as head coach at the University of Kansas – she was the first coach in KU history – preceding her 11 completed seasons at Ohio State. Walker has a 132-115-19 8

record as a head coach, including a 119-92-18 record at Ohio State. She has guided seven teams to 10-or-more-wins seasons and has coached four teams that set single season wins records, including the 2004 Ohio State team that won a school record 19 games. The 2001 Big Ten Coach of the Year, Walker has also been honored as the Big Ten tournament’s outstanding coach (2002). Ohio State has advanced to play in four Big Ten tournament championship games (1998, 2002-04-07), winning the championship in 2002 and again in 2004. Walker has guided Ohio State to the NCAA tournament four times: 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2007. The 2004 team advanced to the national quarterfinals at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium with NCAA wins over Bowling Green, Detroit and Tennessee before a 1-0 loss to UCLA ended the 19-4-3 campaign. The Scarlet and Gray shattered numerous program standards that year, including most goals (62), assists (63), shutouts (13) and goals-against average of 0.67. The season included a nine-match win streak and a 13-game unbeaten run. The team was 15-1-1 at home. Last year, Ohio State won its first 10 games at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium to establish another program first before finishing 10-2 at home with wins over San Diego, Pepperdine, Illinois and Indiana. The team advanced to the Big Ten tournament championship game with a win over Indiana and a penalty-kick shootout decision over Penn State. The season was highlighted by an invitation to the NCAA tournament. Prior to taking over at Ohio State for the 1997 season, Walker spent two seasons at Kansas, where she started the program and compiled a 13-23-1 record in two seasons coaching a team of predominantly freshmen and sophomores. Walker’s coaching career began at the University of Maryland in 1992 under former U.S. Women’s National Team head coach April Heinrichs. In three years at Maryland, the team’s goalkeepers and defense, coached by Walker, set records for save percentage, saves, fewest goals allowed and goals-against average. Active in the development of youth soccer, Walker has served as a Region II Staff Coach for the U.S. Soccer Federation Olympic Development Program since the summer of 1996. At Maryland, she served three years as a club coach in the town of Columbia, Md., as well as a head coach for the Maryland State Youth Soccer Association ODP.



this is lori walker
• Born: 1970 in Albany, N.Y. • High School: Guilderland Central, 1988 • Alma Mater: University of North Carolina, 1994 • Playing Career: Played on three national championship teams at North Carolina … starting goalkeeper in 1989 … still holds (tied) NCAA record for goals against average in an NCAA tournament (0.00 in 1989) and ranks second all-time at UNC in career and single season save percentage (.902 and .940, respectively). • Coaching Career: Assistant coach (under April Heinrichs), Maryland, 199294; Head coach, Kansas, 1995-96; Head coach, Ohio State, 1997-present. • Coaching Highlights: Led Ohio State to four NCAA tournament berths (2002-0304-07) … Big Ten tournament champion in 2002 and 2004 … Outstanding coach of the Big Ten tourney (2002) … Big Ten co-Coach of the Year (2001). • Coaching Philosophy: “It starts with a willingness to work hard. Players that are most successful at Ohio State are willing to put in the time and want to improve and will take ownership for their improvement.” • Broadcast Announcing Career: Has served as color analyst for more than 60 televised games on NBC, ESPN, ESPN2 and FOX Soccer Channel, including coverage of the 2004 Olympics and the 2007 FIFA World Cup ... will work the 2008 Olympics for NBC. • Away from Soccer: Enjoys snow skiing, horseback riding, mountain biking, rollerblading and sailing ... has a big dog: Kodiak.

In January of 2006, Walker was a part of the evaluation and selection committee for the U.S. Under-20 National Team that traveled to Cordoba and Veracruz, Mexico, for the eight-team CONCACAF tournament. Walker helped choose 20 team members from a pool of 30 to represent the United States. SCARLET AND GRAY AND CAROLINA BLUE Walker, a 1994 graduate of North Carolina, was a member of three Tar Heel national championship teams, three ACC championship teams and lost only one match in her four-year collegiate career. She was the starting goalkeeper in 1989 and ended her playing career in 1991 with a career goals-against average of 0.41, allowing only 10 goals in 2,206 minutes of play. Walker holds the NCAA tournament record with an amazing 0.00 GAA. She also excelled in the classroom and was named to the ACC academic honor roll three times. Walker holds an “A” license and a National Youth License from the U.S. Soccer Federation, as well as a Premier diploma from the NSCAA. She is an active member of the NSCAA and former member of the NSCAA Women’s Committee. WATCHING THE WORLD OF SOCCER Walker annually scouts, watches and learns from the best players in the world through her work as a color commentator for televised soccer matches, something she has done for more than 60 games over the last eight years. The most experienced American female analyst calling games off-monitor, Walker’s announcing resume is impressive: She has provided analysis for FOX Soccer Channel’s coverage of the US Women’s National team the past two summers. She will call her second Olympic Games this year as part of NBC’s HD broadcast of men’s and women’s games at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. She also called the 2004 Athens Olympic soccer games. In 2007, Walker was an ESPN and ESPN2 analyst for nine FIFA Women’s World Cup matches. She was the first female analyst to call a men’s game during the 2006 MLS season for HDNet. She has announced three seasons – 2001-03 – of Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) action. A native of Albany, N.Y., Walker was a high school All-American at Guilderland Central High School. She earned letters in soccer, basketball and volleyball. Her hobbies include snow skiing, learning to play the guitar, horseback riding, mountain biking, rollerblading and sailing.

STUDENT-ATHLETES THRIVE AT OHIO STATE …athletically as well as academically
Lori Walker has overseen the development of academic All-Americans, scholar-athletes, All-Americans, tournament MVPs, freshmen of the year and National team members … and the list of accomplishments and honorees grows each year. National Team/Camp Representatives Lisa Collision Lara Dickenmann Ashley Bowyer CoSIDA Academic All-American Jen Miller (1st team) NSCAA/adidas Scholar All-Americans Lara Dickenmann (1st team East region) Caitlin Colfer (2nd team East region) Amanda Ball (hon. men. East region) Keiana Mitchell (hon. men. East region) Emily Francis (3rd team East region) NSCAA/adidas All-Americans Lara Dickenmann (2nd team) Melissa Miller (2nd team) Soccer Buzz All-Americans Lara Dickenmann (1st team) Lara Dickenmann (4th team) Melissa Miller (3rd team) First-Team All-Big Ten Conference Lara Dickenmann Lisa Collison Melissa Miller Becky Borchers Big Ten Freshman of the Year Lara Dickenmann Lisa Grubb Big Ten Tournament MVP Lara Dickenmann (offensive) Erica Nollen (defensive) Lisa Grubb (offensive) Jen Miller (defensive) Soccer Buzz Freshman All-Americans Lauren Robertson (4th team) Lisa Collison (3rd team) Lara Dickenmann (1st team) Danielle Dietrich (honorable mention) Academic All-Big Ten Conference 55 individuals OSU Scholar-Athletes 75 individuals

Canadian U-19 World Cup-Moscow 2006 Swiss Women’s National Team 2004-Present US Women’s U-20 National Camp (2007-08)


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