REGULAR SEASON TITLES (11): 1995 (MAC), 1996 (MAC), 2000 (MAC), 2004 (NAC), 2009 (NAC), 2010 (NAC), 2011 (NAC), 2016 (NAC), 2017 (NAC), 2019 (NAC), 2020 (NAC)
CHAMPIONSHIPS (12): 1992 (WMAC), 1993 (WMAC), 1993 (NAIA District V), 1995 (MAC), 1996 (MAC), 1999 (MAC), 2010 (NAC), 2011 (NAC), 2016 (NAC), 2017 (NAC), 2018 (NAC), 2019 (NAC), 2020 (NAC)
NATIONAL TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES (12): 1993 (NAIA), 1995 (NAIA), 1996 (NAIA), 1999 (NAIA), 2004 (NCAA), 2010 (NCAA), 2011 (NCAA), 2016 (NCAA), 2017 (NCAA), 2018 (NCAA), 2019 (NCAA), 2020 (NCAA)
COACH OF THE YEAR (17): 1991 (NAIA District V), 1992 (WMAC), 1992 (NAIA District V), 1992 (State of Maine), 1993 (State of Maine), 1995 (State of Maine), 2000 (MAC), 2004 (NAC), 2009 (NAC), 2010 (NAC), 2011 (NAC), 2016 (NAC), 2017 (NAC), 2017 (ECAC New England), 2017 (NEWBA), 2019 (NAC), 2020 (NAC)
CAREER RECORD: 528-273 (.659)
Hall of Fame (Husson, New England Basketball, Maine Basketball) head coach, Kissy Walker, one of NCAA DIII women’s basketball’s winningest coaches, the winningest coach in program history and the longest tenured head coach for a single sport in Husson University Athletics' history begins her 30th season at the helm of the Eagles basketball program and the 33rd year on the staff in 2020-21.
Walker enters the season with a 490-255 (.658) overall record and she has 272 wins since the Eagles joined the NAC - the second most wins in the league since the 2003-04 season, while developing a program worthy of the women’s basketball team’s rich history at Husson University, which headed into the 2019-20 campaign with the most victories in NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball History with a 1097-498-8 (.687) all-time record.
Over Walker's 27-year span as head coach, she has led her teams to 11 conference titles, one NAIA District V title with four appearances in the NAIA National Tournament and seven NCAA Tournament berths and on 16 occasions has earned coach of the year honors with a total of ten twenty-win seasons in her career. She also coached all ten of the program’s All-America honorees: Sharon Siebert '91, Vicki Mazerall '93, Kristi Wildman '93, Tara Leavitt '96, Sue Ann Allen '97, Emily Walker '00, Kelly A. Dow '00, Katie Nye '01, Liza Doughty '01, and Shelby Bradford '10.
She has also coached 16 All-Americans, 23 MAIAW/MWBCA All-State first or second team, six NAIA All-District, three MWBCA rookie team, 48 All-Conference, 25 post season All-Tournament team, 32 NAC All-Academic Team, five ECAC All-Academic Honor Roll, six ECAC All-Academic President’s Honor Roll, three CoSIDA Academic All-District and four NEWBA Senior All-Star Game, two ECAC All-New England selections, one MWBCA Rookie of the Year, one MWBCA Player of the Year, nine Conference Player of the Years, two Conference Defensive Players of the Year, four Conference Rookie of the Years, one ECAC New England Player of the Year, six NAC All-Tournament MVPs, four NEWBA All-Region players, three d3hoops.com All-Northeast Region players and have had 17 players and one team elected to the Husson Sports Hall of Fame.
Walker became the 32nd NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball coach to reach the 500-victory mark when her Eagles defeated State University of New York at Canton, 64-55, at the William P. Newman Gymnasium on January 18th, 2019. She headed into the 2019-20 season ranked 18th among active head coaches in career wins.
Last winter, Walker earned her seventh NAC Coach of the Year award (2004, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2016, 2017, 2019) after leading the Eagles to a 19-9 record, including a near miss of the program’s first undefeated conference season since the 2009-10 season by going 13-0 before dropping the final NAC game of the regular season en route to earning the top seed in the NAC Tournament for the seventh time in program history and the most in NAC history. The Eagles cruised past Northern Vermont University-Lyndon, 77-39, in the NAC Semifinals, setting up a rematch of the 2017-18 NAC Championship Title game with Maine Maritime Academy. Led by four-time tournament MVP Kenzie Worcester with 21 points, the #1 seeded Eagles took down the #2 Mariners, 58-51, capturing the program’s first ever four-peat with their fourth straight NAC Championship on Feburary 23rd.
With the victory, Husson became the first school in NAC history to win four straight women’s basketball titles, while breaking the three-way tie with Castleton University and Maine Maritime for the most championships in conference history with their sixth overall. This victory also marked the first time in over 58 years that a Husson University basketball team won four or more consecutive conference championships. The men won seven in a row from 1956-61.
Coach Walker saw her 2018-19 squad’s season come to end by the hands of defending National Champions, #5/#6 Amherst College, 66-45, in the opening round of the National Tournament.
Another highlight of the season came on December 30th, 2018 when the Eagles upsetted the number eight team in the country in both the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association and D3Hoops.com polls, University of Chicago, 64-59, on the campus of Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, Tenn.
Several players earned postseason accolades, as junior forward Joan Overman and sophomore center Megan Peach earned Second Team All-Conference Honors, sophomore guard Amanda D’Amico landed on the All-Sportsmanship team, while sophomore guard Emma Alley, junior fowards Barrett Campbell and Nicole Tapparo, D’Amico, Overman were all named to the NAC All-Academic Team. Senior guard Kenzie Worcester, who finished her career with 1,869 points, falling just eight points shy of becoming the Eagles’ all-time leading scorer, garnered NAC Player of the Year, First Team All-Conference, MWBCA First Team All-State, D3Hoops.com Third Team All-Northeast, NEWBA Second Team All-Region, NAC All-Academic honors following the season. She was also selected to play in the NEWBA Senior All-Star Classic. Worcester’s outstanding performance in her final season on the Eagle hardwood allowed her to become the first female student-athlete in Husson University Athletics’ history to be named Clara Swan Female Athlete of the Year in back-to-back years.
With the 2019 senior class on the court, Husson posted a 82-31 (.726) overall record - the most victories by a senior class since Husson joined the NCAA in 2003-04 - with a 69-8 (.896) mark in conference play, four NAC Championships, and four NCAA Tournament appearances.
2017-18: Under the guidance of Walker, Husson posted a 19-10 overall record with a 14-4 mark in NAC play in 2017-18 en route to earning the #3 seed in the conference tournament. In tourney play, the Eagles defeated New England College and Colby-Sawyer College in the quarter and semi finals, respectively, and toppled Maine Maritime Academy, 76-58, in the NAC Championship at Glenbrook Gym on the campus of Castleton University on February 24th and claim the program's first three-peat. In the NCAA Tournament, Husson drew eventual National Runner-up, the #3/#5 ranked team in nation Bowdoin College, but saw their 2017-18 season come to a close with a 94-32 loss to the Polar Bears.
Following the completion of the regular season, junior guard Kenzie Worcester, sophomore forward Sami Ireland and senior forward Anna MacKenzie garnered All-Conference honors. Worcester, who also claimed NEWBA Third Team All-New England, MWBCA First Team All-State, First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District accolades, was listed on the First Team while Ireland earned Second Team honors and MacKenzie was selected to the All-Sportsmanship Team.
2016-17: The 2016-17 campaign will go down as one of the most memorable and historical seasons in Husson Women’s Basketball history. The Eagles posted their best record under Walker since the 1992-93 season 23-5 record, including a 16-1 mark in NAC play, capturing the program’s first back-to-back NAC Regular Season Titles and NAC Championships and NCAA Tournament berths since the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons which resulted in the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament victory. The 23 wins also tied the program’s NCAA era win mark in a single-season, while recording their fourth-consecutive season with at least 15 wins, and second-consecutive 20-win season for the first time since the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons.
As the top seed in the 2017 NAC Tournament, Husson topped #4 Colby-Sawyer, 72-62, in semifinal action to advance to the NAC championship tilt. In one of the most exciting games in recent memory, the Eagles defeated #3 New England College, 58-55, in the NAC Championship inside Newman Gym on February 25th to claim an automatic qualifier into the NCAA Tournament, the program’s second in the last three seasons and fifth since Husson joined the NCAA’s in 2003-04.
Husson faced DeSales University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament at Tufts College on Friday, March 3rd. The Bulldogs lead the Eagles by a score of 32-27 at the end of two quarters, but HU powered past DU in the third and fourth stanzas to claim the program’s first-ever NCAA Championship tournament victory, 74-72, and the program’s first National Tournament win since the NAIA Fabulous Four trip in 1992-93. The Eagles had their 2016-17 campaign come to a end by eventual National Runner-up, the #4 ranked team in nation, Tufts, 64-44 in the second round.
A bevy of individual honors followed the finish of the tremendous season, a list highlighted by the accomplishments of senior guard Chandler Guerrette, who earned First Team All-NAC, First Team All-MWBCA, NEWBA Second Team All-New England, D3Hoops.com Third Team All-Northeast, and ECAC All-New England First Team accolades and was selected the NAC and the ECAC New England Player of the Year and the NAC Defensive Player of Year. Sophomore guard Kenzie Worcester earned First Team All-NAC, Second Team All-MWBCA, and ECAC All-New England Honorable Mention honors. Senor guard Denae Johnson was also listed on the NAC All-Sportsmanship Team. After leading her 2016-17 squad to their best record (23-5) since the 1992-93 season, Walker was chosen NAC Coach of the Year for the sixth time, the ECAC New England DIII Coach of the Year and the NEWBA Coach of the Year for the first time.
2015-16: In 2015-16, Walker’s Eagles earned the program’s first NAC Championship and berth into NCAA DIII National Championship Tournament since 2010-11 with a 58-49 win over arch-rival Castleton, ending the Spartans’ three-year reign as Champions, while producing their first 20-win (21-7) season since 2003-04. Three players collected post season accolades – Victoria McIntyre earned All-NAC First Team, D3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Fourth Team honors, and was named NAC Player of the Year, while being selected to compete in the New England Women’s Basketball Association (NEWBA) Senior All-Star Game and to the All-NAC Tournament Team. Kenzie Worcester earned Maine Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (MWBCA) All-Rookie Team and All-NAC Second Team honors and was named NAC Tournament MVP. Chandler Guerrette earned All-NAC First Team and NAC All-Sportsmanship Team honors while being named to the NAC Defensive Player of the Year. Walker was chosen as NAC Coach of the Year for the fifth time in her career.
McIntyre became the seventh Eagle to named Player of the Year under Walker and the first to be selected to the d3hoops.com All-Northeast Region Team, while Worcester led the team in scoring (13.8), field goal percentage (.469), field goals made (134), free throw percentage (.878), free throws made (79), assists (72), assists per game (2.6), steals (67), and steals per game (2.4). She scored the second most points (386), and averaged the third best points per game in a single-season by a freshman in program history, while shooting the third best overall free throw percentage.
Walker guided the Eagles to back-to-back-to-back NAC Regular Season titles in 2009, 2010 and 2011, while winning back-to-back NAC Championships in 2010 and 2011 with Walker earning NAC Coach of the Year honors three times from 2009, 2010 and 2011.
In her first season (2003-04) back at the helm of the program after spending the 2001-02 season away from coaching and the 2002-03 season as an assistant coach, her team went on a tear, winning 17 straight NAC games, and a NAC Regular Season Title, but the Braves fell to UMaine-Farmington, 61-50, in the NAC Championship Game. However, the Braves’ 23-5 record was good enough to earn them an at-large bid to the program’s first ever trip to the NCAA DIII National Championship Tournament, losing to University of Southern Maine, 73-47. Following the historical first season under the NCAA umbrella, Walker was named NAC Coach of the Year.
Walker began her head coaching career in 1989-90 and led Husson to a 24-8 record and an NAIA District V Championship runner-up crown as a first-year head coach. The 20-win performance became a trend as – including the 1989-90 campaign - the Braves rattled off four-consecutive seasons with at least 20 victories, including a program-best 28 wins during the 1992-93, under Coach Walker's tutelage.
In 1993, Walker directed the Braves to a 28-3 record, a NAIA District V Championship and the program's first NAIA National Tournament berth, while becoming the first team from New England to be one of the final four teams at the NAIA National Tournament. The Braves' victories over Sterling College (Kan.) (71-55) and Indiana Tech (57-56) will long be remembered as two of the greatest victories in program history.
During her first stint as the Eagles’ sideline general, Walker led the Green and Gold to Western Maine Athletic Conference (WMAC) Championships in 1992 and 1993 and Maine Athletic Conference (MAC) crowns in 1995, 1996 and 2000.
Walker is no stranger to personal accolades. He claimed WMAC Coach of the Year honors in 1992 and earned MAC Coach of the Year in 2000. She also took home the District Coach of the Year in 1991 and 1992 and accepted State of Maine Coach of the Year honors in 1992, 1993, 1995.
Prior to being named as the head coach of the women’s basketball program, Walker served as an assistant coach under her best friend and college teammate Lauree Gott for one season (1988-89) During that one season, the Braves accumulated 26 wins to only two losses, while earning the program’s first NAIA District V Championship, however the Braves fell one game short of reaching the program’s first trip to the NAIA National Championship tournament to St. Thomas Aquinas, 65-63, in the NAIA Bi-District Championship. Following the season, Gott went on to coach at Northeastern University, and Walker was appointed as the program’s 14th head coach prior to the 1989-90 campaign.
Prior to coming to Husson, Walker spent two years teaching physical education and coaching girls basketball, softball and gymnastics at the Holbrook Middle School in Holden, Maine.
Walker was a four-year letterwinner as a point guard for the women’s basketball team at the University of Maine from 1983-86. She tallied 292 points, 162 rebounds, 220 assists and 110 steals in 80 career games played, while shooting 41.1 percent from the floor and 56.0 percent from the free throw line. The senior captain helped guide the Black Bears to a 71-38 record during her time on the UMaine campus.
Walker earned a Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Education from the University of Maine in 1986 and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Husson in 2003.
Walker is a member of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WCBA). In the past, she was a member of the Maine Association of Physical Education (MAPHERED), a former member of the Board of Directors for the Bangor Humane Society and is the former President of The Maine Sports Legends, which awards annual scholarships to Maine youths.
A native of Santa Anna, Calif., Walker attended Cony High School in Maine. She and her son, Isaiah live in Orono, Maine.