Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications
Louisiana Tech Vice President and Director of Athletics Dr. Eric A. Wood announced the hiring of Destini Walker as his Chief of Staff.
Walker enters the position as the second recipient of the George “Petey Thornton Minority Initiative, an initiative named in honor of Thornton who was the first African American student-athlete to play at LA Tech.
“I am thrilled to have Destini join our LA Tech family in a work capacity, “said Wood. “She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in working at Division I institutions and will be a strong addition to our athletics department.”
Over the last seven years, Walker has spent time at Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas Tech, and most recently Stephen F. Austin. She also owns a consulting business, specializing in student-athlete and professional development and has worked with athletic and corporate clients including the NCAA and McDonald’s.
“I am grateful for the opportunity to join the Bulldog family and work under the leadership of Dr. Wood. I am excited to work with a department that holds deep values in culture, class, and competitive excellence and I look forward to being a part of its impact.”
While at SFA, Walker planned and executed 10 annual career fairs, providing career opportunities from 500+ employers for students and alumni. She helped cultivate relationships with employers as main points of contact and strategize new opportunities for innovation in career programming to maximize the impact on students.
Prior to her time in Nacogdoches, Texas, Walker spent over two years as assistant director of career and student-athlete development at Texas Tech where she partnered with athletics development, the Red Raider Club, to connect donors and alumni to student-athletes.
She had a similar role at Arkansas working as an assistant for student-athlete development where she was a co-advisor for SAAC, organized the inaugural First and 10 Club, planned and executed the HOGSPY’s awards show, and helped with career development initiatives for student-athletes.
Her prior stops include a summer of working at the Cape Cod Baseball League and spending two season as a football recruiting assistant at Oklahoma.
Walker is part of the National Association for Academic and Student-Athlete Development Professionals (N4A), Women Leaders in College Sports, National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE), and Southern Association of Colleges and Employers (SoACE).
She received her bachelor’s degree in Communications from the University of Oklahoma and her masters in Sport Administration from Arkansas State. Walker is married to Marcus Walker, cornerbacks coach for LA Tech Football.
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