The final Division 1 head coaching vacancy has been filled, as the Jackson State Tigers have hired former assistant Darnell Walker as the program's new head coach.
Walker spent two seasons as an assistant under former JSU head coach Rick Fremin, during which time the Tigers were back-to-back SWAC Eastern Division champions.
In addition to his time with the softball team, Walker worked as a volunteer assistant coach for the Jackson State baseball team, as well as in an equipment manager-capacity for the football and women's basketball squads.
This will be Walker's second head-coaching position, as he also served for one season as the head softball coach for Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, Mississippi.
Walker's coaching resume also includes a brief stop as the head baseball coach at Henry Ford Community College in Dearborn, Michigan and an eleven-year tenure with the Detroit Public School System in a similar capacity.
Walker replaces Fremin, who accepted a similar position at Southeastern Louisiana this offseason. The Tigers went 24-26 in 2015, including 12-5 in conference play, before being eliminated with a 2-2 record in the conference tournament.
Assistant coaches Emily Tucker and Brittnie Kreiser appear to have been held over from the previous administration.