September 9, 2010

WALTON TABBED AS WOMEN'S BASKETBALL ASSISTANT

DURHAM, N.H. — Maureen Magarity, head coach of the University of New Hampshire women's basketball team, has announced the hiring of Mark Walton as assistant coach.

"Mark's wealth of knowledge and diversity of working on both the men's and women's side, adds another dimension to our staff," said Magarity. "He is a great teacher of the game and will play an integral part in our player development."

Walton comes to UNH after serving as the Canadian Head Coach for the National Elite Development Academy (NEDA) for the last two years. During his tenure, the squad became the first Canadian team to go undefeated on an international tour in France during March 2009. Additionally, 12 of his players have gone on to play with the men's Canadian National Team and several have gone on to play on the women's side as well.

He was also the head coach at Cathedral High School in Hamilton, Ontario, for the men's basketball squad, posting a 723-86 overall record. During his stint at Cathedral he led the team to league championships in 1984, 1994 and 1998, after going undefeated and garnering the No. 1 ranking in the country in each of those three seasons. Graduating 100 percent of his student-athletes, Walton also had more players continue their playing careers at the collegiate level than any other coach in the country.

Additionally, Walton served as a teacher from 1972 through 2001, specializing in English, law, Special and Physical education. He was the head of the Special Education department from 1976 to 1981 and was head of the Cooperative Education department from 1982 to 2001.

Walton, who was elected a member of the University of Guelph Hall of Fame in 1985, lettered three years for the Gryphons, earning his bachelors in 1972. In that span, he was named an OUAA All-Star and team MVP during both his junior and senior seasons. He was also the first Gryphon to score 1,000 points and ranks in the top 10 all-time in both scoring and career rebounding for the program.

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