Dover – A 21 game losing streak in the final year of his contract certainly did help Keith Walker in making a case to return as Delaware State’s head men’s basketball coach. Today the university decided it was time to make a change. Delaware State announced that Walker’s contract will not be renewed at the end of the season. In addition, he will not coach the remainder of the campaign. Assistant Keith Johnson immediately assumes the role of Hornets’ interim head coach. Johnson’s first game will be Saturday, Feb. 24 at Howard. The same applies for Barbara Burgess and the women’s basketball program. Her contract was not renewed and she has been replaced by Kyle Adams.
In his five seasons at Delaware State Walker’s record was 43-96. His only non-losing season was 2014-15. Walker led the Hornets to an 18-18 mark (9-7 in MEAC play). It resulted in a rare post season appearance for Delaware State. The Hornets participated in the CBI losing in the first round to Radford 78-57.
It continues a year of instability in the Hornets athletic department. Following the 2017 football season, the University informed then head coach Kenny Carter his contract was not renewed.