Executive Director of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes
Since his arrival at Rutgers in 2003, Scott Walker has worked diligently to put Rutgers Athletics on the map academically as the Director of Football Academic support and most recently as the Executive Director of Academic Support Services for Student Athletes. In his role, Walker oversees the entire academic program for the Rutgers Student-Athletes.
During the previous eight years at RU, Walker has helped the football program establish unprecedented success in the classroom, further upholding the high academic standards of Rutgers University. The team has stood as a pillar for great achievement both on the field and in the classroom.
In the most recent NCAA Academic Progress Report (APR), the Rutgers football program was the lone state university on the list to be ranked in the top 10 percent nationally in APR for the fifth straight year. In addition, Rutgers was the lone institution to win four bowl games while earning the APR honor in the top 10 percent over the previous five-year span.
The Rutgers football squad received a No. 2 ranking nationally in 2011. The prior year, Rutgers ranked first nationally in APR. During the last six years under Walker’s guidance, the Rutgers football program has ranked in the top seven nationally and has achieved the top APR of any Football Bowl Subdivision state university in the nation.
Rutgers has had two National Football Foundation Scholar Athletes in Brian Leonard and Brandon Renkart during Walker’s tenure. Leonard received the prestigious Draddy Trophy, recognized as the “Academic Heisman,” in 2006. He and his staff – Jenna Beverly and Ramel Meekins – work diligently at ensuring that every Rutgers football player maximizes their potential in the classroom. They have made academic success a foremost priority for each student-athlete.
Prior to his tenure at Rutgers, Walker spent three seasons as an assistant football coach at Cornell. He was named the running backs coach at Cornell in the spring of 2001. Before joining the Cornell staff, he served five seasons at Georgia Tech, including three as the director of academics for the football team. In 1997, he was the assistant director of football operations. Prior to Tech, Walker was a coach at the University of Maine for six years, including the final two as the running game coordinator. Walker also spent time coaching at Purdue, Iowa and Texas.
Walker graduated from Princeton in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology. During his time at Princeton, he worked as the freshman defensive ends coach from 1982-84. In addition to attending college in New Jersey, Walker spent 15 years recruiting the New Jersey metropolitan area for various universities during his coaching career.
Scott and his wife, Michelle, have a son, Kyle.