April 7, 2004
NOTRE DAME, Ind. -
Doug Walker, sports information director the last two years at the University of Miami (Fla.), has been named associate sports information director at the University of Notre Dame. In that role, he will be the primary, day-to-day media contact for the Notre Dame football program and will assist with a variety of other sports.
Walker replaces Lisa Mushett, who resigned to accept a position with the United States Tennis Association in Minneapolis. He will begin his new assignment at Notre Dame on April 8.
Walker has been the Miami football media contact for the last four years, as the Hurricanes during that period won a national championship (2001), played in four straight Bowl Championship Series games and finished a combined 46-4. He originally came to Miami in 2000 as football information director, then was named sports information director prior to the '02 football season.
Among the all-star players he promoted at Miami were Heisman Trophy finalists Ken Dorsey and Willis McGahee, along with '03 All-Americans Kellen Winslow, Jr., at tight end, Jonathan Vilma at linebacker and defensive back Sean Taylor. Among the major postseason awardwinners with whom he worked were Winslow ('03 Mackey Award), offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie ('01 Outland), Dorsey ('01 Maxwell), middle linebacker Dan Morgan ('00 Nagurski, Butkus and Bednarik) and center Brett Romberg ('02 Rimington).
Walker served as assistant director of athletic media relations at TCU in '98 and was promoted to associate director in '99, working with men's basketball, and men's and women's track and field and cross country. He served as editor of Maroon & White Report, a Texas A&M fan publication, from 1995 until moving to TCU.
A 1989 graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelor of science degree in journalism, Walker spent 1989-90 as a graduate assistant in the Texas A&M sports information office, 1990-91 as a staff assistant with the Florida SID department, then served two years as assistant media relations director for the Southwest Conference through '93. He spent two more years at Texas A&M from '93 to '95 as sports information special projects assistant and editor of the A&M hotline.
Among the international events he has worked are the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway; the '94 Paralympic Winter Games in Lillehammer; and the '95 Pan-American Games in Mar del Plata, Argentina. He has worked a wide variety of track events, including the '92 and '96 Olympic Trials, the Southwest Conference and Big 12 Conference championships and the Texas Relays.
Originally from Texas City, Texas, he and his wife, the former Pilar Guinazu of Mar del Plata, Argentina, are parents of a daughter, Cecilia Maria.