A fixture of Gary Pinkel’s staff for 18 years has decided to call it a career.Mizzou Athletics announced Tuesday that co-Offensive Line coach Bruce Walker will retire to spend more time with his family in Washington. Walker has coached for Pinkel since 1996, when Pinkel was head coach of the Toledo Rockets. He moved with Mizzou’s head coach when he first accepted the job in Columbia, and also served as Tight Ends coach from 2001-2008. Walker coached three first-team All-Americans at that position, including Mackey Award winner Chase Coffman in 2008.
In a statement, Gary Pinkel said, “ Bruce has been a very important part of our success here at Mizzou, and I’m very grateful to him and his family for all of the sacrifices they have made to help our program succeed. We’re going to miss him, no question, and we wish him nothing but the best. Exactly what steps we take here to fill this spot, it’s too soon to know, but we’ll get to work on that right away.”
Walker was part of all 102 wins Pinkel has recorded as Mizzou’s head coach, a school record.