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I met him only a few times but he left a solid impression. I will be thinking about him tonight as Miami tackles NW.
I will miss Coach Walker greatly. he provided us all with some of the best moments of college. My prayers go out to his family
My deepest sympathies to the Walker family on the death of Coach Randy Walker. His all too early death, saddens us all.
Coach Walker always had a kind word for me when I spoke to him. Any football related question I had for him, was always quickly answered, no matter how busy he was.
His legacy will be carried on by the young men that he coached and mentored at Miami of Ohio University and Northwestern University.
I AM SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS. MY DAUGHETR ATTENED NU THE LAST 4 YEARS ON THE DANCE TEAM, SHARING THE FIELD WITH HIM AND HIS TEAM, JENNI SMITH, AND HAS MUCH RESPECT FOR THE COACH AND THE TEAM. MY FATHER PASSED APRIL 25 OF THIS YEAR, AND JENNI HAD TO COME FORM NU TO CA TO HELP WITH MY MOM AND DAD. WE WERE TALKING OVER SEVERAL DINNERS TOGETHER ABOUT WHAT YOU ARE ALL GOING THROUGH....WE ARE JUST A FEW WEEKS AHEAD OF ALL OF YOU IN THE GRIEVEING PROCESS AND IT IS SO DIFFICULT, SAD, EMOTIONAL...SO MANY QUESTIONS, SO MANY FEELINGS, SO MUCH SADNESS....KNOW THAT OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU AND WE ARE SO VERY SORRY FOR THE LOSS OF THE COACH-
WHO IS ALSO FRIEND, HUSBAND, AND FATHER TO YOUR FAMILY.....I HOPE THAT IN THE NEAR FUTURE YOU ALL FIND SOME COMFORT AND PEACE IN YOUR HEARTS....BUT UNTIL THAT TIME, KNOW THAT WE THINK OF YOU ...JAN
Friend of Randy's father, and father-in-law and impressed by his successes
I was shocked to hear of Randy's death. I went to Troy High School and graduated with him in 1972. Some of my fondest memories were watching him play football and being a part of our undefeated season. I am proud to say I went to school with Randy, who went on to be not only a successful football player and coach but a great role model and inspiration to young athletes. He will be greatly missed but his memory will live on. My condolences to the Walker family.
Dear Mrs. Walker, Abbey and Jamie, I am so sorry for your loss. I played for your husband and father at Miami from 95-98. Coach Walker impacted my life greatly. Football is the best metaphor for life and I try to embody the messages Coach Walker impressed upon me in every aspect of my life. I am a better person for knowing him and I will always remember the lessons he exemplified. Please know this, Coach Walker's legacy will live on. Thousands of young men have benefitted from his influence and "tough love." Specifically, I remember his talks on responding to adversity, paying attention to detail and in finishing the task at hand. Every message he delivered not only made us better football players but better men as well. I will honor Coach Walker's life by embodying his teachings and life lessons. He impacted so many of us. Just one simple example.. After I graduated from Miami, I began using Coach Walker's signature line when asked "how are you doing".. "I'm doin' great, how you doin'?" He was always "doin' great!" And why wouldn't he be? After coaching us, he got to go home to you all. Mrs. Walker, Abbey and Jamie thanks so much for lending us your husband and father all these years. God Bless You All,
Chad O'Reilly, Miami 95-98
Randy seemed like he was a greAT pERSON, i HOPE HIS Family will be strong
To the Northwestern Universtiy Community: I just want to say that I'm deeply sadded by the loss of your head football coach, and my deepest sympathies go out to his family as well.
just as a person and a loving human being my heart felt prayers go out for the whole walker family.may god bless and keep his loving hands around you.
As a Penn State football fan, I wish to express my sincere sympathy to Coach Walker's family and all of the people hurting because of his passing.
My heartfelt condolences to the Walker family, and the Miami & Northwestern families on the sudden passing of Coach Walker. I always admired his coaching style and ability to have his teams' play "up" to the competition, often winning games that they were decided underdogs in. I will always remember Coach bringing continued respectability to the NU program. God bless you!!
What do we do coach, now that you are gone?
Redskins and Wildcats no longer hear your song.
We feel so empty, lost and alone.
Coach, what is your answer?
Where do we go now coach, we ask with a sigh,
You always strived to keep our spirits so high,
Life seems so empty without you by our side.
Coach, what is your answer?
You are in God’s hands and we miss you so much,
Gone are your game plans, your care and gentle touch
Where do we go now for advice, guidance and such.
Coach. What is your answer?
We have all the years of your friendship and fun.
You left great memories for us each and every one.
With our eye on the prize you taught us how to run..
Coach, I see your answer, It is your example.
My condolences to the family and to the team for losing such a great leader and father figure. I will never forget my time at NU during Coach Walker's first two seasons and the joy of the team's victories.
Tammy and Family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I have many fond memories of Randy......Troy and Miami football games, choir practice, geometry class and of course the ever famous performance of "Fiddler on the Roof". He was a person I have always looked up too and have admired, but most importantly someone whom I have always respected..."gone but never will be forgotten"
Troy High School-1973
Today, the Tribe weeps. Rest in peace Coach Walker.
Forever a Miami Redskin
My condolences to Randy Walker's family. While I never met Coach Walker personally, I was so proud to have him representing Northwestern University. I remember reading, on the day he was hired at NU, a comment from a former player of his at Miami University who said, "You will be proud of this man." He was right.
And I did have the opportunity to meet several parents of Northwestern players, who were so grateful for the sense of community built by Coach Walker and his assistant coaches. They were also grateful for the leadership that he provided and the influence he was having on their sons' lives. Randy Walker's legacy will go far beyond the football field, in the lives of his family and in the lives of the young men he mentored and led.
My thanks to him for all of these things and for how well he represented Northwestern.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
I was stunned last Friday to hear of the death of a fine coach and human being who transformed NU football into something good and competitive, something to be proud of as an alumna. My husband (BSE 1978) and I have long been season ticket holders and have thoroughly enjoyed the ups and downs of the seasons, journeyed to San Antonio, Detroit and El Paso for bowl games to support the successes and efforts of a fine coach, staff and young athletes.
Coach Walker transformed NU football from a laughingstock in the NCAA to a serious contender, and from what I hear influenced his players in a lot more than football. For the latter, the greater credit and thanks.
The sorrow of his family and friends is shared by both of us. May God's strength give you aid at this sad, sad time.
Sherry (BSJ 1978) and Ken (BSE 1978, MM 1982)
TO THE WALKER FAMILY-MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY FOR LOSING SUCH A GREAT PERSON. IT WAS A PLEASURE TO HAVE BEEN AROUND RANDY FOR THE MANY YEARS AS A PLAYER COACH AND FRIEND. GOD BLESS YOU IN THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
Despite never having the pleasure of meeting Randy Walker, it was easy to respect and admire him for the way he handled himself through life. His professional and ambassadorial manner both on and off the field was second to none. The Buckeye Nation, college football, and our country will miss you, Randy. May your family find peace in the character and spirit you have shared with all of us.
To the family of Coach Walker, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to you,but know that he is with God and truly a angel, he will be missed down here. But we'll see him again in heaven. God Bless you all.
You're kidding me...he cant be gone...He was one of the greatest tailbacks in OHHS history..when I was a senior in HS our football trainer took us to the Bengals camp in Wilmington..he had known Randy from Miami..Randy got us down onto the field and spent a few moments w/ us..then we got to meet some of the players..what a gentleman!!! As an OSU alum..I always rooted for Randy..it was easy..he coached just like he played!!!Godspeed Randy Walker!!!
It is with great sadness the entire Schweighardt family extends their deepest sympathies to the Walker family. Mrs. Walker may the outpouring of love and admiration for your husband give you a sense of comfort in your grief. To Abbey and Jamie may you feel surrounded by the strength, character and love of your dad. Our throughts and prayers are with all of you.
I was always proud of my years at Northwestern (1989-1992). The memories will always be with me.
Since graduation way back then, I have realized that Northwestern molded me in more ways than I can describe.
Your success at NU was a rallying point for alums across the country. It enabled us to share that pride in a way that fans of other programs understand. It wasn't until the Cats started seeing some success that I would see purple jerseys in sports bars.
But beyond the win/loss column, your program did something else for me. The success of the football program under your leadership proved that the little guy can beat the odds and compete with traditional football powers. I frequently use the 'Cats as an example to show my son that hard work and the right attitude can overcome anything.
Thanks for the memories!
Although I never met Randy, I felt like I knew him, being a season ticket holder. Randy has done a remarkable job at NU and his enthusiasm and motivational spirit will be difficult to replace. My thoughts and prayers go out to Randy and his family
my deepest condolences go out to coach walker's family and everyone he has touched with his presence. i became a wildcat fan and a football fan in general when i came to NU this past fall and it was through coach walker's dedication to his team that made me love the game. he will surely be missed. my prayers go out to his wife, kids, and the nu athletic family.
Some of the finest memories from my first three years at NU took place in the student section at Ryan Field.
Thank you, Coach, for making those memories so special. You will be sorely missed.
As a Wisconsin Badger fan, I was many times frustrated after contests with NU. Mr. Walker was a great coach. God bless Randy Walker.
To The Walker Family, Northwestern Family, and everyone who was touched by him, I feel like I have made two trully important life altering decisions in my life. One was to ask my wife to marry me...the other was deciding to play at Miami for Coach Walker. I remember as if it was yesterday, Coach sitting in my living room on 320 E. Anthony Street in Celina, Ohio...telling me that he wanted me to be a Miami Man. There was something about him that made me believe in him and his program...probably the same thing that so many high school seniors saw, who ended up playing for him...his eyes looking right at you, his firm handshake, his excitement in talking about his program, and most importantly, his honesty in telling you that he wanted what was best for you...all of those reasons led me to Miami. Throughout the following three years, until he left for Northwestern, he had more of an impact on me than anyone else has ever had during my life. I catch myself now, being a coach, saying alot of the same things that he said to my teammates and I when we were his players. I find myself utilizing his lessons in my day to day life....I have talked to many teammates over the past few days, and that was the overlying message...he demanded you to be the best you could be and to do it the right way, which at times was tough for some, however, those who at the time didn´t like it, have realized over the past several years, it made us all better men! He had an unbelievable impact on our day to day lives...I am a better man today for having known Coach Walk...I will miss our notes back and forth and our chats on life and ball, but I feel so fortunate to have had the opportunity to know such a great man! My thoughts and prayers are with your family Tammy...
As a former Michigan Wolverine, I keep up on Big Ten football. Coach Walker was a favorite of mine, as he kept his team very competitive over the years. It is never an easy job to maintain that edge in a great academic institution, but he managed it just fine.
"Coach", will be in our thoughs through these tough times and forever. The best football decision Randy ever made was to choose to become part of the NU family.
i watch randy walker for 5 year ago and my pray out to his famliy
To Mr. Walker's Family,
We wish you the best in this difficult time. Since I've been three or four years old, I've been a fan of Northwestern Football. As a student, I'm proud that Randy could be a part of this memory.
Coach Walker meant more to the university than football. His attitude and demeanor transcended off the field and led to greatness for the university. He will be surely missed and my deepest sympathies to his family at this time
I love Northwestern football. My family holds season tickets and watching every game of the year was great. I think Randy Walker was a awesome guy and a even better coach. I am deeply sorry about his sudden passing and hope everyone who loved and admired him get through this terrible time.
To the Walker family,
We are all poorer with the passing of Randy Walker and share in your grieving. He will be sorely missed by so many on several different levels. This guestbook is stirring testimony to the kind of man and the kind of coach that Randy Walker was. He lived life the right way and enriched those who had the good fortune of crossing paths with him. That is a great legacy and is something we can all endeavor to live up to in our own lives.
Randy, I am grateful that you coached my Wildcats for seven years and were such a great ambassador for Northwestern. Rest in peace, Coach Walk.
Class of 1993
If football is a religion, Coach Walker is its best pastor. As an Evanston resident, Texas Longhorn fan, and somebody who has never watched a Wildcats game, I will attend a NU game this year in memory of Coach Walker...
July 3, 2006
I was shocked and sadden to wake up Friday morning to the news of Coach Walker's death. I am a Head Football Coach in Illinois and have had the opportunity to hear Coach Walker speak a number of times. As a coach I many times had questioned myself about am I doing the right thing for my players. That changed after I heard Coach Walker speak recently.As he spoke it seemed like he was talking to me although there were hundreds of coaches present. And I'm sure many other coaches felt the same way because of the honesty that came through in his presentation.He spoke of tough love because we are more than coaches to our players but are shapers of life.
I always told my players I will treat them as I do my own children -with tough love. And because of Coach Walker I won't ever doubt that again. My prayers go out to Coach Walker's family, coaches and players.
he best memories I have of my time at NU were brought to me by Coach's football teams, especially in 2000. As students, we were used to occupying the bottom rung of the football-mad Big 10, with a good season mixed into 2-3 terrible ones. But Coach changed all that - NU's consistent success and resiliency gave us students a great sense of pride in our university that cannot be put into words. Now as an alumnus, I can honestly say that Coach and his team are the core of the emotional connection I have with my alma mater. Talk to any alum from the 1999-2003 era and one of the first topics that comes up is Coach and how proud we are to have him as part of the NU family.
Thanks for everything Coach. You will be missed but never forgotten. Your spirit will live on in your family, friends and your players. And also in the hearts of a small gathering of loyal NU fans, every Saturday in the fall, on Manhattan's Upper West Side...God bless
God bless Coach Walker, and the family.The Coaching profession has lost a great Coach
The best memories I have of my time at NU were brought to me by Coach's football teams, especially in 2000. As students, we were used to occupying the bottom rung of the football-mad Big 10, with a good season mixed into 2-3 terrible ones. But Coach changed all that - NU's consistent success and resiliency gave us students a great sense of pride in our university that cannot be put into words. Now as an alumnus, I can honestly say that Coach and his team are the core of the emotional connection I have with my alma mater. Talk to any alum from the 1999-2003 era and one of the first topics that comes up is Coach and how proud we are to have him as part of the NU family.
Thanks for everything Coach. You will be missed but never forgotten. Your spirit will live on in your family, friends and your players. And also in the hearts of a small gathering of loyal NU fans, every Saturday in the fall, on Manhattan's Upper West Side...God bless
I was shocked to hear about the tragic passing of Coach Walker. As a Miami alum and avid Redskin fan, I remember many wonderful Miami football Saturdays. Of course, the upset of Northwestern was one of our team's best football games ever under your guidance. Being friends with some football players, I also remember what an inspiration and role model Coach Walker was to his team. He will be missed!
Growing up in Indiana I was at an early age exposed to Big 10 Football.
Coach Walker at Northwestern was one of the best.
May the good Lord comfort the Walker family at this time.
Take comfort in knowing that now you have a special guardian angel to watch over you.
Thank you Coach Walker for what you have done for the Northwestern community. So far in my 3 years at Northwestern, we have won many unexpected victories that I will never forget and hopefully we can get some more for you this season.
Randy Walker was one of my all-time favorite coaches. His emphasis on fitness allowed his teams to compete at the highest levels, even when they weren't, perhaps, the most talented. No team in the country was more fit. Even though his teams were a thorn in alma mater Wisconsin's side, I had to admire Randy and his Northwestern teams. They played the game with style and class, and were fierce competitors. The Big Ten and all of college football will miss Randy. He personified what is best about college football.
May God be with you, during this time of grief. Our prayers go with you during the hard days ahead. May He keep you in the shadow of his wings, and you feel his presence during the hardest days.
To the family of coach walker,My wife and I are so sorry for your loss.Randy was a great coach and a great man.Our prayers are with you.
To The Walker Family,
I am struggling to put into words what Coach Walker meant to me as a player at Miami, but most importantly as a person and in my daily life. There hasn’t been a day since I graduated from Miami that I haven’t thought about Coach Walker and the lessons he taught me. I raise my kids and live my life using many of the same lessons and sayings that Coach Walker said and used with us. When I heard the devastating news, I felt like a part of me also passed away but I can assure you that part of Coach Walker will forever live in me, my wife, and my kids. I’m sure that anybody who has ever played with, played for, coached with, or simply knew Coach feels the same was as I. Coach Walker prepared me for life and I can never thank him enough for that. Tammy, Abbey, and Jamie – Thank you for sharing Coach Walker with the world. I will never forget him and my family’s thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
The Northwestern Cheerleaders would like to send their dearest sympathies to the Walker family. Coach Walker was a great coach and it showed on and off the field, his entusiasm for the game and the players was unmatched and he will be dearly missed by all. You will be in our thoughts and prayers
To the Walker family,
I am so thankful that my son was able to play for Coach Walker and learn from his dedication, passion and work ethic.
Thank you. Words can not express how much influence you have had on my life and the person/coach that I am today. You believed in me and many others throughout the years and guided us to achieve things in which we did not realize were possible. You will always live through the players lives you touched, and will never be forgotten...GOD BLESS YOU AND YOUR ENTIRE FAMILY!
As a fan of Penn State University, and Big Ten football, I'd like to extend my condolences to the family, friends, and fans of Randy Walker, and the Northwestern Wildcats. May God be with you during these emotional times.
Dear Tammy and family,
I’m so sorry. Coincidentally, I was reflecting on the fond memories I had at Miami University this past week when I received a phone call informing me that a dear friend, teammate and FCA (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) cohort died.
Randy loved you so much and together you were a solid team. His love and devotion to his family was unsurpassed. He always wanted the best for you.
His parents instilled in him the person he became. Randy raised peoples’ vision for success. I will miss him but cherish those memories of friendship, Christian fellowship and athletic success. May God strengthen you through this difficult separation.
He loved God, you and football, which touched all of us. We are all better people because of Randy’s legacy.
I will be there August 31 when Miami and Northwestern play out Coach Walker's legacy and 30,000 fans will struggle with lumpy throats and watery eyes. Thanks, coach, for enriching my love of Miami football. I cursed the fact that Miami never won a title under you. But what you've left behind is far more valuable, and I'm shaken that it took this wrenching event for me to see it clearly. Be at peace.
To Tammy and the Walker Family,
I want to express my deepest condolences on the passing of Randy. Growing up in Troy and graduating in 1972 has left me with many memories. I will have to say that the 1971 and 1972 football seasons were the greatest! I have married a Purdue Boilermaker and of course followed the Big 10. We loved being able to watch Coach Walker. Now upon reading of his death today we are deeply sadden.
Tammy, may you and your family know that God is with you in this time of sorrow.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
and David Anderson
A man of faith, the heart of a Champion, a true friend, a leader. So thankful that he called me his friend. My thoughts and prayers are with Tammy, Abbey, Jamie, Jim, Ruth, Rob, the entire Walker and Weikert families as well as the Wildcats and all the Redskins who loved him.
I never personally met Randy Walker, but I communicated with him many times, often thanking him for his leadership and values. He always took time to write me back, and one time he sent me a thank you card that I shall always cherish. He was a wonderful representative of Northwestern, and he made me proud to be an alum of our great university.
My sincere condolences to Randy's family. I graduated with Randy from Troy High School and at that time he was a great person.
Friendly, kind, considerate and caring. He will be missed by many.
My condolences to Tammy and family.
I have followed Randy Walker in his career since he graduated from Troy High School, on to Miami of Ohio, on to North Carolina as a coach.He came back to Miami as
coach and produced
a great record. I was very proud of Randy.
Randy was one of my best students while I was Director of music at
Troy High School, Troy Ohio. He was
elected student Director of the Senior Choir his senior year.
The students knew of his leadership in those years. During his senior year in addition to being an outstanding Football player, He played the leading role, of "Tevia" in Fiddler on the Roof. He lived every moment of Tevia's
Tammy was also an excellent student, having a role in the same Musical.
I was sadden by Randy's passing, but I am sure that you have many fond memories of your love for each other. He will be greatly missed by all.
T. Herman Dooley
On behalf of the Northwestern Ladycats, we would like to share our condolances with all of those whose lives have been touched by Randy Walker. As members of Northwestern's athletic community, we have seen his impact on the football program, and we know that he will be missed by many.
There are no words that I can think of to express my deep regrets for the loss of the Walker family. I hope that you can find peace with Coach Walker's passing. I hope that his future grandchild will grow-up knowing that his/her grandfather was a man worthy of respect.
I am a NU Alum and an avid NU Football fan. I appreciate all of the great moments that Coach Walker has brought to my autums the last 7 years. Additionally, the players that he recruited always represented NU well. I was proud to call them my team.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
My intersection in life with Randy occurred briefly on an evening at Miami Univ. in 1975 when he invited me to a Fellowship of Christian Athletes meeting. I remember being struck by the consideration and interest he showed toward me -- this from someone who was truly a Big Man On Campus -- he seems even bigger to me today.
In many of life's past events so easily forgotten, this brief encounter is one of those indelibly good memories. See you on the other side Randy.
Our most sincere condolences to the entire Walker family. Through the Troy Daily News and Troy High School, we got to know the Walker family and respect the integrity and caring attitude of the family.
Coach Walker, you were a personal hero of my dad and me. As huge Northwestern fans, we love the success you brought to the program. But we were most awed when we got to talk with you for a few minutes. Your concern and humor were inspiring. You have had an impact on the lives of people you hardly know, and for that we cannot thank you enough. Thank you for living life the right way. Please say hi to our greataunt/ aunt, Gwen Faulkner, who went to heaven the same day as you. We love you and send our deepest condolences to your family.
It was a shock to read this morning of Randy's death. The people at Parkwood UMC have watched his career as he moved from UNC on to Northwestern, then to Miami and back to Northwestern. While we missed you and your family, we were proud of Randy and his career. Now we keep you and Abbey and Jamie in our prayers. May God watch over you and comfort you.
Tammy, our deepest sympathies are with you and your family. Coach taught me many things when I was a young man. Many of the same things I now and teach my kids. He had a great smile and attitude. The Minko’s will miss him. We pray for all of God’s Grace and Love for you all.
To the Walker family,
I was given the opportunity to be guided by a very prolific man, Randy Walker, after being recruited out of his home town of Troy Ohio and becoming a member of the Miami Redskins. He not only pushed you to your limits and beyond on the field, but off the field as well. Many guys may not have allowed themselves to know Coach Walker as a person, but because of a predicament I encountered I was approached by coach Walker to sit and talk. His concern was not what I could do to be a better player, but what I needed to do to learn and grow from the situation in which I encountered. What he had is called tough love and we all need that from time to time. Randy Walker touched so many lives and that will never be forgotten.
So very sorry for your loss.
Coach Walker was a great man who had a profound and positive influence over the lives of thousands of young men. He never lost sight of the importance of academics and character. He will be missed. Please accept my deepest sympathy.
As a Wisconsin Badger & Big Ten fan, my most heartfelt sympathy goes out to the Walker family, Northwestern University & their fans. The Big Ten family mourns your & "OUR" loss. God speed "Coach".
I was lucky enough to work as one of the media coordinators for Northwestern football for two years under Randy, including the 2000 Big Ten championship and Alamo Bowl. Randy was a coach that clearly had the respect of his peers and his players, but I think beyond that he was a man whom everyone should emulate. He had his priorities in order -- he created a family environment, he had a tremendous combination of stern toughness and folksy humor, and everyone around that program was better for having him in their lives. I have been struggling mightily with this news. Why do bad things happen to great people? Tammy, Abbey and Jamie, my heart goes out to you. I wish you all the best during this incredibly difficult time.
While my first feelings of the sad news was shock, my best wishes and prayers go out to the Walker Family and especially Rob; my classmate at Troy. I was always so proud to say Randy graduated a year ahead of me at Troy when Northwestern was playing. God Bless the Walker Family.
I always had the greatest respect for Coach Walker. As a member of the student media, he always treated me with respect and was excited to talk football with me. His legacy will extend beyond football. He will be remembered for the students he graduated, because with one of the highest graduation rates in Division I-A football is my equivalent of winning a national championship. We know you'll always be looking out for the Wildcats, coach.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Walker Family. A proven winner and a class act, Randy will truely be missed.
Our deepest condolences to the Walker family and friends, and Miami and NU players and alums. Last night the Midwest prematurely lost one of its beloved sons, a humble and passionate teacher of men who consistently carried himself with class. It is truly sorrowful to consider the kids growing up who will never benefit from knowing Coach Walker or learning from his example; yet our enduring, worthy solace comes from knowing, so many already have. God Bless.
To The Family of Randy Walker:
Please be assured of my thoughts and prayers as you grieve for Randy.
When Gary Barnett left I foolishly thought that NU Football had been dealt its deepest blow. Coach Walker helped us move on and know that the 'Cats rise was only beginning. Thank you for your innovative style, your absolute faith in the Northwestern student-athelete and--in this world where hype so dominates sports--your focus on character, courage and faith. Rest in peace, Coach. Your legacy will live on in your family, your team and your faithful fans. Go 'Cats.
I feel terrible about Coach Walker. He had a direct impact on so many lives: all his players who were taught so much more than football; the students who were enriched by the school spirit he created with his football program; alumni who enjoyed following his very competitive teams; faculty throughout the Big Ten who took pride in the integrity of his student-athlete program; and other coaches throughout college football who saw that ingenuity, hard work, integrity, and the ability to coach young men are the only ingredients needed to produce a truly successful football program. His loss will be felt for years to come by those who mourn now and those who will never know how he might have touched their lives.
I am a 1992 graduate from Northwestern. As a student, I experienced some lean years in the history of Northwestern football. After I left, the program took off under Gary Barnett and continued to flourish under the guidance of Randy. Beyond the excitement of seeing the purple dominate some of the Big Ten old guard, I was most impressed with the way Randy led the team. His players never failed to impress me when off the field. I was proud to have these young men represent Northwestern to the media and public. As I learned more about Randy, I realized that it was his strong moral compass influencing his players. He not only taught them the nuances of college football but also how to grow into thinking and caring adults.
I will miss Randy Walker greatly but his family will miss him far more, and I would like to extend my deepest condolences to them.
I happened to cover Coach Walker's teams at Northwestern, twice, after lopsided road losses. He could not have been more accomodating to the media.
I walked away very impressed with his ability to balance athletics and academics at two elite insitutions such as schools such as Miami U. and Northwestern.
I am saddened that the wonderful sport of college football has lost a thoughtful ambassador of the game and a family has lost a decent and honorable man far before his time.
As a Northwestern Football enthusiast, I respected and admired Randy's skills and efforts as a game day coach, something he didn't get enough credit for.
May the memories of Randy Walker bring happiness and peace.
In his always entertaining and enlightening press conferences, Coach Walker mentioned from time to time, how he was a hero-worshipper. When he was a kid, he said he often worshipped players and coaches alike. As a Northwestern grad, I'd have to say that Coach Walker was one of those heroes I worshipped. I'd send him an e-mail every now and then, and he responded to every single one of them, personally. He even sent me an autographed picture and hand-written note, which I display on my mantle with pride. I love Northwestern with all my heart, and one of the many things I admired about Coach Walker was how much he embraced Northwestern as much as he did his alma mater. And in time, he gave the Northwestern football program an identity all his own. Coach, I will miss you, and you'll always be a hero I worship.
I am grateful for Randy Walker's contributions to Northwestern and to its football program. I know Northwestern is very fortunate to have had him as a coach, even though his time there was cut short. My sincerest condolences and prayers go out to his family and friends, as well as the university community. Thank you, Coach Walker, for the memories; you will certainly be missed.
Since enrolling at Northwestern in the fall of 2000, Mr. Walker and the Wildcat athletes he coached provided some of the fondest memories of my college career. I will never forget the elation and school pride I felt as I rushed the field with the rest of the frenzied student section when NU defeated Michigan at Ryan Field on November 4, 2000, my freshman year.
My deepest condolences to family, friends, staff, and athletes. He will be missed by many.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Coach Walker. We are honored that life presented us with the opportunity to be associated with Coach Walker. We will cherish those memories and pray for his family.
Hosea & Yvonne Henderson # 24
I am a recent arrival to Troy, in 1999, but I didn't have to be in town very long before the name Randy Walker came up; not only concerning football but simply as the person he was. As residents of Troy we could not ask for a better representative of our city. May we learn from his example. To the family I hope your memories of Coach Walker sustains you through this very trobled time.
It is with great sadness that I sit here, tears streaming down my face, hoping Randy's family can find peace and understanding through his living life to it's fullest. I've known Randy and his brother Rob for many years, graduating with Rob from Troy HS in '73. Tonight, while watching the news at my parents' home, I recalled a night when my two older brothers camped out in the Walker's backyard. As a joke, their dad made them popcorn, but put sugar on it instead of salt just to "surprise" they guys. Both Randy and Rob were members of my parents' 4-H club. I knew Randy as a kind, caring, upstanding, conscientious person. I have followed his football career over the years with great pride. He will be sorely missed, but has left his mark for others to epitomize. Rest well, Randy; you played/coached your best. My heart goes out to the entire Walker family at this time of sadness. Bless you all!
My first memory of Coach Walker is from 1995. He was the head coach at Miami and I was a defensive tackle at Northwestern. After rolling off a pile following my futile attempt to block the kick that ended our chance at an unbeaten season that year, I saw Coach Walker walk onto the field. He was calm and collected, as if it were merely inevitable that Miami of Ohio would erase our 21- point third quarter lead.
While I felt nothing but respectful disdain for Coach Walker at that moment, I was also relieved I never had to play against another Randy Walker coached team again.
When Northwestern hired him in 1999, I was happy he was now on our side. His Northwestern teams over the years, through the good and the bad, shared one attribute: they never quit. His teams had more energy in the fourth quarter than the first. As Coach Walker engineered many last minute victories over the years, I think you'll find that most were not a result of acrobatic playmaking heroics, but were simply the inevitable result of his team exhibiting poise and character under the most difficult circumstances. In essence, his teams had character. Over the years, I've found that teams tend to adopt the personality of their coach.
Although I never played for you, I will dearly miss you, Coach Walker. You were one of the good guys.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Walker family.
NU Class of '97
I didn't know Randy Walker personally. But from what I've seen what a wonderful person when he took the NU job he encouraged all his recruits at Miami of Ohio to stay there get their education. He took the high road imo. And f he was like this dang what a great person. My thoughts and prayers are with the Walker Family at this time.
A great man, a great coach and a great friend. You will never be forgotten, Walk.
As alums with a daughter at Northwestern, we marveled at the fresh excitement Randy Walker injected into the Wildcat football program. We were stunned to hear of his sudden passing and send our thoughts and prayers to his family. I hope they take some comfort in all the lives he touched in his far too brief life.
Randy was a great coach, a wonderful human being, and the embodiment of Northwestern University values. We will miss him on more than just sunny fall Saturdays. Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the team.
Back in 1999, after Coach Walker's first game at NU, my family and I had the greatest pleasure of meeting him and spending time with him.
Ironically enough, a family member of Coach Walker's who had attended the game parked on the street in front of our house and was towed (No parking on game days in Wilmette). It was quite humorous considering it was the coaches family. While Coach Walker's family members were retrieving the car we, my Mom , Dad and I spent wonderful hour getting to know the new coach and fell in love with him instantly! He treated us like old friends and sat on the porch chatting like a neighbor. It was the highlight of our year!
What a shock the first morning news brought us. We feel like we've lost a family member.
Our condolences to his family and his team. Our hearts and prayers are with you all.
On behalf of all of the Northwestern student body, we will miss you, coach. The passion, dedication, and commitment you showed toward our football program and our school will never be forgotten. God bless you and your family.
We'll miss you Randy, you made Northwestern a great place and I am very, very proud to be a current NU student. Deepest sympathies to Randy Walker's family.
I was so shocked and saddened to hear of the death of Randy Walker. I grew up in Troy,Ohio and though i never knew him personally i knew about his great football playing abilities while he was at Troy High school. My condolences to his family at this time of great sorrow.
Classy coach. Classy fans. NU, you are in our thoughts and prayers.
My condolences to the family of Randy Walker at this time of greatest sorrow and may your Faith sustain Hope for the future ahead . I knew Randy as an Alpha Delta Phi fraternity brother at Miami and watched his football career develop where he too became one of Miami's elite "Cradle of Coaches " legends. Randy thanks for the memories and I'll see ya on the other side of the river brother .
I hope in heaven your coaching masterpiece -- the NU v. Michigan upset -- is playing on an endless loop. It was a great game won by a great coach.
I have never attended a NWU game but have followed the teams for years. I was in El Paso last year on business and a number of Wildcat fans were there. He instilled tremendous enthusiasm and what a game that must have been. From a NWU fan from television/radio, I was shocked and saddened at the news this morning. The Chicago area has lost a great father, husband, coach, role model, friend, etc. He leaves a huge vacuum and a shoes that will be very, very difficult to fill. I feel terrible for the players in there loss as well as the family, obviously. He was truly a man of integrity, honor, tremendous character, inspiration, and a leader in the "WE" category versus the "I" category. It is truly a tribute to the man when you read the other entries on here. Across the country, Randy Walker touched hearts and lives. Hopefully, the young men who played for him in the past seasons will take his example as their's for life. My condolences to his wife, children, parents, relatives, friends, staff, and players.
Coach Walker spread his offense on Ryan Field and now he can spread his wings at the Heavenly gates. RIP Coach, NU won't be the same without your smile.
Coach Walker worked hard as a player and he expected the same of his teams. He is what college football should be about. More importantly, he is what being a man should be about.
As a proud alumnus of Miami University (class of 79), I fondly remember my freshman year when Randy, Rob Carpenter, Sherman Smith, and others, led our school to a final national ranking of #10 in the country. Randy epitomized all the finest attributes of Miami's legendary "Cradle of Coaches." Our thoughts and prayers are with Randy's family and the Northwestern U. community
Even though Randy was only 12 when I graduated from NU (in '66), I always felt part of the team spirit he created. And, even though the Wildcats haven't won a bowl game in decades, I always watched every one they played in. I am proud to have been a devoted fan during his tenure, and I will miss him this fall. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends.
Randy Walker was everything Northwestern could ever want in a coach. His drive for excellence, kindness, and loyalty will be greatly missed. I'm deeply sorry for the Walker Family. My prayers are with you.
Randy Walker was a class act as a Father, Husband, and Coach. He lived his life with integrity and hard work, and it showed through during every stage of his professional career. I am deeply saddened by the news of his passing, and send my thoughts and prayers to everyone touched by Randy.
Thank you for making me proud to be a Wildcat.
He brought happiness to NUs many fans. He was a graceful winner. Thank you Randy.
My wife & I express our condolences to Coach Walker's family and the entire Northwestern community. The greatest tribute to him would be for NU to hire a new coach who shares Coach Walker's values and discipline.
I'm still at a loss. Here is to a great man, and what I think many will soon consider a legend at NU. He brought us back to respectability, but he used the highest amount of character while doing so. He was never too busy to talk to anyone, and was always ready to sign an autograph or pose for a picture. He truly was what a college football coach should be.
Being a man of faith, as was Randy, I know he is in a better place now.
God Bless you Randy Walker, and your family.
As for the team-I know many players, and I want you guys to know that I'll be rooting harder than ever for you, and so will all the Wildcat fans out there! 13-0 for Randy this year!!!!!!
Our condolences to the Walker family.
Mrs. Walker, Abby and Jamie, you have my deepest condolences. I remember what a close family you were when you lived in Oxford. Please know that I will keep you all in my prayers.
Thank you, Coach Walker, for everything you've done for our school. You are truly loved in this community, and we will miss you dearly.
My heart goes out to the family of Coach Walker. He definitely had a positive impact on the Northwestern community. As a 2006 graduate from Northwestern he will be greatly missed. He brought so much enthusiasm and great coaching skills to the school that will continue to leave a lasting memory for years to come. Rest in peace, we will miss you.
I did not know Randy Walker personally but got to know him through his father, Jim Walker, with whom I have known for the past 25 years. I worked with Jim at Hobart Corp and knowing how Jim conducted himself and also knowing what I have read about Randy, I can truly say, Randy had a good mentor in his father. My wife and I send our deepest sympathy to the Jim Walker family in this time of sorrow.
As a season ticket holder and avid fan of the program, I was counting down the days to the season opener. My heart aches with sadness. I know the team will play with great heart and determination this season. Just like Coach Walker taught then too. My deepest sympathies to his family.
You made the Wilcats fun to watch during my years at NU. I know that you were respected as a man, coach and father.
My prayers are with the Walker family
Tiffany Westlie, NYC
Not only did Northwestern and college football lose a great coach, the world lost a great man.
Thanks and goodbye, coach.
My condolences to the Northwestern University community, and my kindest thoughts to Coach Walker's family at this difficult time.
Deepest sympathy to entire family and NU...Games on TV here a highlight...(from NU graduate)
Thank you, Coach Walker, for coming to Northwestern and for infusing so much good into our university community. You've been a gift to us all, setting standards of respect and dignity and fair play. You have been an asset to Northwestern and to college football. God rest your soul. My sincerest condolences to your family and to the Northwestern community.
As President of the Oregon Chapter of the Miami Alumni Association, I wish to express our deepest sorrow for the loss of Randy Walker. He truly was a fine man and coach, worthy of much deserved praise so evident in the many comments and condolences shown here. I never had the honor to meet him, but will remember his successes as a coach and fellow Miamian.
Randy's death is a tragic loss to the Northwestern community and college football as a whole. The strength of character and resilience necessary to lead a college football team is not always apparent. However, Randy Walker will always be remembered by the students as one who stood up for his players and sought to impart his knowledge on and off the field. He will be sorely missed in Evanston.
As an avid NU fan, Coach Walker you loved God, your family,your career, your team, your fellow coaches, your alma mater. You also had our respect. Thanks for the Memories. You will be missed but not forgotten. My sincere Condolences to your wife, children, team and many friends.
Randy, thanks for all the great memories. I've been going to games since I was two. I'm now sixteen and the best seasons I got to watch were the ones you coached. You left a great legacy at Northwestern. You were truly the greatest coach Northwestern ever had.
May God bless your family in this time of trouble. They will be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you for all of the memories and a terrific season last year.
Thank you for the memories, coach. We'll never forget you.
Coach Walker will be deeply missed. As a Miami University alum, I had the pleasure of watching Coach Walker coach our Redhawks to some of their best seasons in recent memory, and along the way produced a number of quality student athletes. It was a joy and a privilege to watch him coach the game he loved and he will not soon be forgotten. Thanks for the memories Coach.
As an NU alum and husband of a Miami alum, I watched Coach Walker bring his success and work ethic from Oxford to Evanston. In what could charitably be described as a challenging environment for college football, Coach instilled in the entire Northwestern community the mindset that consistent achievement was not only possible, but should be expected. He was a gifted coach and an excellent role model, and will be sorely missed by all of us. God bless his family during this terribly difficult time.
Buckeye Nation sends its thoughts and prayers to the Northwestern community.
RANDY WALKER WILL BE MISSED BY ALL THOSE WHO KNEW HIM. GOD BLESS HIM AND HIS FAMILY. MAY HE REST IN ETERNAL PEACE.
Tammy, Abby, and Jaime -
We are so sad to hear of Randy's passing. We have such great memories of time spent with all of you when we lived in Oxford. Randy was a wonderful person and will be missed by everyone who knew him. Our lives were certainly the richer for it. Our deepest sympathies to you - we'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers. Bric, Rosemary, Jen, Jon, and Jeff Wheeler
Randy's death rips my heart out. Being a native Chicagoan, I was always a closet Northwestern fan. Randy and his successful teams made me proud to be an NU fan. Needless to say, I am deeply saddened.
Whether it’s a Husband or Father,we handle the death of a loved one in our own special private way. My heart too, goes out the Walker family. Fifty years ago, I was a "Walk-On" at Miami. Grew up in a tiny town near Troy. Have lived in the South most of my adult life and was fortunate enough to watch Randy and the "Redskins" handle Georgia, Florda and South Carolina, in person. Was able to see a few of his games as he coached in Oxford. Became a Wildcat fan when he went to Chicago. As mere mortals we never understand the "why" when a person leaves so young. We do know he left a mark on this earth.
a fabulous coach, but more importantly a wonderful person. Will greatly be missed.
I'm so sorry to hear about Randy's death. I was always proud to tell people that we went to the same high school and that he married my next-door neighbor. I pray you and your family will feel God's presence during this time.
I am a college football fan. We have lost a special person. But atleast he is in rest. Thank you for the memories.
To Coach Walker's family and friends,
I was stunned to hear early this morning of this enormous loss. As a Miami U alum and Northwestern admirer, my thoughts and prayers are with you. Randy will be greatly missed by a huge portion of the nation. Bless you in this time and always.
Randy Walker has left an extraordinary and indelible legacy to his family, his schools, his players, his communities and the game he loved.
With sincere condolences.
I graduated from Northwestern this year and I came in contact with Coach Walker through my involvement in campus media.
I had the pleasure of talking to him not just about football, but about my college experiences and about life in general. He always took time after we finished our weekly interview to talk a little bit more and I will always remember those talks. I have been following Northwestern football since I was 4 years old and in my opinion, what he did with the football program the last couple of seasons was incredible.
Rest in Peace Coach. God Bless.
Randy Walker was a person who was well respected by his players and peers. He coached several good friends of mine and they all respect him. His players graduate and they leave the program as an adult and not the same way as when they enter it. His recruitment of my brother last year was honest and honorable and though my brother chose another school Northwestern was my number 1 choice and that was a reflection of Randy Walker and his staff. He will be truly missed.
To the Walker family: As you go through this trying time, please know that we are with you in spirit, grieving the loss of a man that drew widespread admiration and respect. As an NU alum, I was proud of how he developed his players into respectable members of the university and the community. Young men came to him as teenagers and left as graduates from a fine institution. This was no football factory. He demanded and got true student athletes. His influence will be felt for generations. I am so proud, so very proud of Coach Walker and the work he did at my university. May God's peace be with you.
I was Randy's Assistant his first two years at NU, I am greatly saddened by this tragedy, Randy was a wonderful, person, Coach and Boss. My thoughts and prayers go out to Tammy, Abby and Jamie and his NU Football Family.
I am a childhood friend of Abbey, and heard this morning of the tragic loss. I would like to send my condolences to the Walker family. God bless and you are in my thoughts and prayers.
Such a shock and a great loss... what a great human being he was, RIP.
Tammy, Abbey, and Jamie -
I was shocked and saddened to read the news of Randy's death. I'll always remember his upbeat personality, sense of humor, and decency.
You will always be a man that I admire as I go into coaching. The world of football has lost a great one. Everyone said that you can't win and you can't go to bowl games at NU. You did. Thank you for the inspiration.
As a Miamian ('77), I well know what a winner Randy Walker has been. At Miami, with others such as Sherman Smith, Ron Zook, Brad Cousino and Rob Carpenter, among many others, Randy led Miami to a three year streak of 31-1-1 as a player with great wins over Purdue, Indiana and three straight Tangerine Bowl wins over Florida, Georgia and South Carolina.
He took that winning attitude to North Carolina, restored the winning football tradition at Miami and took Northwestern to great heights.
A great player, coach and person, Randy Walker will take his rightful place along side Weeb Eubank, Paul Brown, Woody Hayes, Ara Parseghian, John Pont, Bo Schembechler, Bill Mallory and Dick Crum as an honored member of Miami's Cradle of Coaches.
It is only fitting that Northwestern and Miami open their 2006 football seasons in Oxford, Ohio. The game and outpouring of fans will certainly be a tribute to such an admired and respected person.
A life gone much too soon. You brought joy to so many people. As a student at Miami University (OH), I remember one of our team's best football games ever under your direction. The one where Miami beat Northwestern - 1995. Then you went on to coach the best Northwestern teams ever. You will be missed. God bless.
I don't have anything special to say but wanted to convey my deep sympathy for the family and everyone's sadness over his being taken too soon.
As a lifelong Miami RedHawks and Redskins fan, I had the honor of watching Coach Walker revive the honor and tradition of Miami football, imparting to his athletes, the program, the school, and fans, the strong sense of integrity and courage he exhibited in all his endeavors. As fans, we rarely get to really know the coach and players, yet they become part of our family by their mutual love and respect for the traditions and history we share. Losing Coach Walker to Northwestern was a blow tempered by knowing he was continuing and adding to the reputation and tradition of Miami's Cradle of Coaches, and the good will of all of us followed him to NU. We cheered when Northwestern won, because we had become part of that tradition, as well as our own, through Coach Walker.
When our two teams meet again this fall both will share the same sorrow for a departed friend, and both will celebrate the lessons and values he taught, through their play, honoring not just the coach, but the man, the father, the teacher and mentor, Randy Walker.
My sincerest condolences to the Walker family. God bless you now and in the future.
Randy will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Randy was not only a great coach but he was great to work with. He was always professional and ALWAYS a friend to the people he worked with. I'll always remember him. We now have another angel to watch us from heaven!
Tammy and Jamie and all please know you have many friends at this time. Randy was an exciting, honorable, and caring individual who adored his family. He had so much life left to live, and happy memories to share, it is unfair to have lost him so soon. Please let us know how we can help. All our best wishes, Elissa, Barry, Joel and Ross
Randy Walker symbolized what was right about college athletics. His tough no-nonsense approach combined with the ability to reach out and connect with his players was tremendous.
As a loyal Northwestern fan, I appreciated atching athletes that gave everything they had in victory and defeat. Coach Walker inspired his players to work to the best of their ability both in the classroom and on the field.
May Coach Walker's immediate and extended families find the strength necessary to deal with this difficult loss of a father, husband, coach, and friend.
Thanks for all the great memories Randy, you will always be remembered as one of the Wildcat's greatest coaches. We will miss you. So long.
I had the honor of working with Coach Walker while he was in Chapel Hill. I can honestly say that he cared about everyone he came in contact with. I had some struggles while in Chapel Hill and knew I could count on an encouraging word or pat on the back from him.
RIP Coach Walker. We will miss you.
You're already missed. God bless you and your families.
As a current Northwestern student, I will always remember Randy Walker as a man who brought a contagious spirit and passion to our University and its football program. Coach Walker made gamedays exciting, and he was loved by all the students, athletes and fans alike. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.
In memory of Coach Walker. You were such an inspiration to me as a young coach. I remember when our high school football team accidentally used your own personal meeting room/office for a team meeting room during a 7on7 competition when you coached at Miami, Oh. Thanks for being patient and not running us off. I will miss you. Coach T.
I was fortunate to watch Coach Walker coach at both Miami (Class of '99) and Northewestern (MSJ '00). When I was trying to decide where to go to graduate school, I joked with my family that if Northwestern was good enough for Coach Walker, it ws good enough for me. Thanks for providing so many years of great college football. You will be missed at both schools.
As a Northwestern alum and die-hard Wildcat fan it was with a sad heart that I read this news. Coach Walker did an outstanding job with the team and he will be missed. Rest in peace Randy, you will be missed.
What a shock and a great loss. His leadership proved you could compete successfully and keep your integrity and values intact. His resilience, calm under pressure, positive attitude, and class were greatly appreciated and will be missed. A great coach and man. Sympathies to the Walker family and his extended NU football and athletic family.
Jan and I were saddened beyond any possible words when we heard this news. Randy was a great friend as we coached together at Miami U. Our prayers are offered to Tammy and kids and the entire family. I will always remember Randy's honesty and integrity as a player, coach and friend. Personal condolences from the entire Ball State University family.
I was always inspired by Coach Walker's talks and impressed with his wit and persuasiveness. Sorrow for his family, friends, and teammates, joy that he lived such a full life. Prayers to all.
Not just the football world, but the world in general has lost a fine man. The Tribe weeps today.
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
My thoughts and prayers are with Coach Walker's family. Coach Walker changed the way football was played at NU - thank you for that.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort.
I worked a game last fall between Northwestern and Michigan on ESPN. I got to meet this outstanding football coach of NU before the game. Coach Walker you will missed many.
Randy, you were a credit both to our university and to the football coaching profession as a whole. Thank you for making the program something of which we can be proud. Your players represented us well, both on and off the field. Farewell, and rest in peace.
Coach, thank you for your many years of dedication to our football team. Some of my best memories from my time at NU are from attending football games. You will be deeply missed by the Northwestern community. My condolences to the Walker family; we are praying for you.
My sympathy is with the family. May God's peace comfort them in this time of loss. Randy sounded like a fine man who treasured real values.
Having talked with Walker at the Big Ten football coaches' media conference and having watched numerous NU games during his tenure, I know he was one of the best football coaches around, and not just because of X's and O's.
He instilled confidence in his players and forged lifelong relationships with them.
He will be missed as football coach, but moreso as a person.
I really didn't know Coach Walker all that well but I did witness his committment to sportsmanship. I was the sports information director at Akron when Miami scored 50+ points in the first half against the Zips. Walker played his entire bench in the second half and I am convinced he had the stadium clock operator run the clock in the second half to end the game as quickly and as mercifully as possible. The way the game was going it could have been Miami 100, Akron 0. Before his press conference after the game, I thanked him for bring a speedy end to a horrible game from Akron's standpoint. Coach Walker gave me a bit of wry smile to let me know he understood what I was talking about. Randy Walker was one of the good guys!
I am so sorry. I am a NU alum and reveled in the success of NU football under Coach Walker. I was always proud of the way he represented my university. I felt as if I knew him, and I wish I really had. Thanks Randy, for everything.
Thanks Coach Walker for the lasting impact you have left on my life. Your attitude and approach towards everything you did will never be forgotten. Thanks. God Bless.
The entire Miami University community feels a sense of loss today. Coach Walker was a great man who changed the lives of so many. You will be missed.
On this day, myself and all other Northwestern football fans could not be more sad. You were the heart and soul of our football team and you led us to great heights. My prayers go out to the Walker family and all of us loving friends. We love you Coach Walker, and this season is for you.
Coach Walker was one of the most influencial persons in my life. He taught me what it was to always see the good in rough times. The values I hold and the person I am today were greatly influenced by Coach Walker. He was a great friend to me and I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers go out to him and his family.
Coach Walker helped make my years at Northwestern the most incredible years of my life. Having stood on the sidelines of the field for 6 years, I will never ever forget the passion and love he showed on the field at every game. I will forever "bleed purple" and will always cherish the incredible memories Coach Walker helped create. Jaime, i'm thinking about you and my heart goes out to you
My condolences to family and friends. Randy Walker brought honor to the Northwestern football program and stands for all that can be good in college athletics. He will be sorely missed.
As a 2002 NU grad I witnessed some amazing electricity and magic on the football field. I will never forget NU v. UofM in 2000, 54-51. Easily the greatest sporting event I have ever witnessed. However, more than that, he brought magic and excellence to life and those around him. He will be remembered not only as a great coach, but also as the greatest of human beings. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife Mrs. Walker, his children, and his players. Countless people send their prayers and condolences. May God bless his soul.
I became a NU supporter 8 years ago, when my son became a student. It was easy to become a fan of the "Cardiac Cats", with their many miraculous victories, and a Coach who led them with class, enthusiasm, and humility. I was thrilled with the achievements of his teams, but more impressed with him as a person during the few oppotunities I had to speak with him and see him in public. My sincere condolences to his family.
As a Miami alum ('66), it was a great thrill to spend some time with Coach Walker while videotaping an interview years ago. His positive attitude was so contagious. Two great universities have lost someone who made a real difference. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and players.
I wish to express my deepest condolences to Randy Walker’s family.
From the eager and energetic attitudes I have witnessed from his athletes on and off the field, I have long understood that Mr. Walker’s presence at NU has reached far beyond the football field. I know my friends feel the same way as each of their responses to this news have echoed the same sentiments- that Mr. Walker truly did reach us all regardless if we had realized it before or not.
Mr. Walker has been an inspiration to us all at NU through his leadership, his legacy, and his steadfast athletes. My heart goes out to his family and loved ones.
As an fan, thanks for making Saturday afternoons so much fun. As an alum, thanks for caring so much about the quality of Northwestern's student-athletes.
You are going to be sorely missed.
My deepest condolance to Randy Walker's family and friends. I will remember you in my prayers.
Hopefully there is some small comfort in seeing him receive the sort of public recognition for his accomplishments that he didn't particularly seek during his life.
For Randy as you begin this next stage in your journey, hopefully you're experiencing the joy of gaining greater understanding of your purpose and your maker.
As a NU alumnus (GS '77) and a former longtime resident of Evanston, I am totally taken aback by the death of Coach Walker. He will be missed. As I just turned 54 this message of how short and precious life is comes across loud and clear. Football coaches are not so tough to find, but finding a coach who is also a good person and who cares about his players and the entire university community as Randy Walker did will be next door to impossible. My sympathies to his wife and children, and know that he is now in God's everloving arms!
As a Fellow Trojan I remember watching Randy Walker play football on the field at Troy Memorial Stadium. I also remember seeing him walking the halls of Troy High School in his scarlet and grey Troy Trojan jacket. Randy's efforts on the field and those of his teammates made me proud to be a Trojan. To Randy's family and friends I extend my condolences. I will remember you in my prayers. May God richly bless you and comfort you in your time of sorrow.
I truly believe he only wanted the best for his staff and players. He was a good man.
You gave us some awesome seasons Coach Walker. It was an honor to be a Wildcat football fan under your tenure! You'll be missed!
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As an avid NU Football fan and alum, I will miss you! May God be with your family during this time of grief. May his memorial be eternal.
Your relentless enthusiasm will be forever missed. My thoughs and prayers go out to your family and the entire Northwestern community. Northwestern has lost one of their greats today. Thank you for all of the great memories!
My condolences go out to the Walker family. As an alum, Randy turned our program around to respectability and made Northwestern football the most exciting program in the country to watch. The victory over Michigan my sophomore year was the greatest game I ever saw, and Coach Walker's family and the Northwestern community should take enormous pride in what Randy Walker meant to Northwestern. Coach Walker, you will be missed.
As a recent graduate of Northwestern University ('05), coach Walker and the Wildcats provided me with my most fond memories. On a run one day after the '04 Ohio State win I saw the coach walking his dog with a smile on his face. I said hello along with a "Go Cats" and he gave me an enthusiastic hello in return. I felt star struck. Coach Walker would also periodically send out emails to the entire Northwestern community thanking us for our support. He was not just the coach of the Wildcats but a leader of the Northwestern community that he helped build. You will be missed coach.
Hoping that peace returns to the Walker's and players' hearts and homes soon. Just devastating.
My deepest sympathies to Coach Walker's family. May God bless you during this extremely difficult time. You're in my prayers.
To the Walker family I wish the best to you on your lost. I grew up in Evanston and worked as a vendor at NU football games, it was great experience in my life and a time in which i fell in love with NU football. Seeing so many losing seasons first hand, coach Walker gave NU fans pride again with his winning ways. He is in good hands now and we thank him for all the success he gave NU.
I heard the news this morning. It's a shock to the system and a sad reminder that tomorrow is not promised to us. It's a great loss to the Northwestern community and the entire college athletic community. My heart goes out to the entire Walker family, his assistants and the team.
Coach Walker's life and spirit are an example to us all. A great and good man, he will be terribly missed. May God bless Randy Walker and the Walker family.
Tammy and Family,
I met your husband and Dad last year after the Michigan game. I was so proud to have spoken to him for a few minutes. Northwestern is a better school becuase of him and his student athletes are better men. God Bless your husband and father. A great man in every sense of the word.
To the Walker Family:
Our Heart felt sympathy for all of you.Coach touched our family as no other Coach has with his wit and positive attitude toward life.
As a reporter covering Miami in the mid-'90s, Randy Walker was a pleasure to deal with. He was always accessible and very friendly. He was a heck of a coach and seemed like he was a very good person. I was shocked when I read of his passing today. RIP, Randy. My thoughts go out to his family.
Coach Walker epitomize what was right with college coaching. I am sure he touched every life that came in contact with him. I send my prayers to Coach Walker and his family, the whole Northwestern community, and the city of Evanston. College football lost a good man, but they are better for knowing him.
My feelings go out to Randy's family and all of Northwestern's players, coaches, and fans.
Thank You for simply being YOU..You were a 1st class act.
Coach Walker was an incredible asset to the Northwestern community and much beloved by me and my fellow NUMBers. He will be sorely missed. My condolences to Tammy, Jamie, and Abbey.
Rest in Peace Coach. You gave college football fans in chicago and around the country a team that they can certainly be proud of and you gave your family a father that they are most definately proud of. God Bless Coach Walker.
DEAREST TAMMY, JAMIE AND ABBY,
HOW MANY WONDERFUL MEMORIES WE HAVE OF RANDY. GOLFING, DINNING UNTIL THE RESTAURANTS CLOSE. EASTER SUNDAY BRUNCHES AND MANY, MANY MORE. OUT THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU AT THIS TIME. WE ARE HERE FOR YOU AND YOUR FAMILY. WE WILL SEE YOU SOON. OUR LOVE BOB, MILLY AND MELISSA CALABRESE
Being at Northwestern's 54-51 victory against Michigan in 2000 was one of the greatest experiences of my college carrer. Thanks Coach Walker, for everything
God bless you, Randy Walker, and may we never forget your shining example as coach, family man, and community leader. You were the paragon coach, the true embodiment of the spirit of Northwestern. You made us proud of NU, of the Purple Wall of Wildcats, of the endless surprises you crafted on the gridiron. But you were more than that, to all of us. Thanks for the memories, and the life lessons. And to the Walker family, my deepest condolensces. May Randy's light shine through this darkest night.
To Northwestern fans and Big Ten fans alike,
I am extraordinarily saddened by the death of Coach Walker. What a tremendous individual on all levels. As an Ohio State and Big Ten fan, I was proud to see Coach Walker represent the Big Ten with class and professionalism and was most impressed with how he conducted the Northwestern program.
Such horribly sad news. My family and I are long-time NU football fans (my father was an NU season ticket holder for over 30 years before passing away four years ago), and I am a graduate of Miami University (class of '94, back when RW was still coaching there). I will never forget the '95 NU vs. MU football game in Evanston (which I attended with my father), and being so torn as to which team to cheer for! My heart goes out to Randy's family.
PARALYZED FOOTBALL PLAYERS SAY FAREWELL TO COACH RANDY WALKER
Bearing the news of Coach Randy Walker's sudden and untimely death is tough to take. Many people will miss the caring and supportive friend, Coach Randy Walker, including two paralyzed Chicago area football players-Rob Komosa and Rocky Clark.
Coach Walker had generously adopted the two boys and been a constant support to them since their catastrophic football injuries in 1999 and 2000. The near total paralysis turned their lives "upside down." Dealing with quadriplegia is tough and receiving encouragement from the likes of the spirited and compassionate Walker was a boost whenever he shared time with the boys.
Since 2003, Randy worked with Komosa, Clark and Deacon Don Grossnickle on a creative fund raising venture of great proportion: The project was called: The Halftime Book Project.
The idea was the football family reaching out and helping one of their own. Randy Walker and former Head Coach Dick Jauron sent out hundreds of letters to NFL and Division I football coaches inviting them to contribute their views about halftime in the locker room, strategies, wisdom, humor, inspiration.
Over 50 coaches joined Jauron and Walker in describing how spirit plays a part in the halftime locker room scene and the game Komosa and Clark still love. The mansuscript is written, all is done but finding a publisher.
The idea for the project was born out of brutal necessity. The young guys were broke and needed financial help. The idea was that the book could become a source of income primarily for Rocky Clark who needs funds to expand his spartan housing conditions in Robbins where he currently lives with his mother, Annette.
Komosa's lawsuit dealing with his injury settlement pretty well covers his finances. However, Rocky remains in a situation of day-to-day making it, largely dependent on the generosity of others for existence.
Randy Walker often said, "I will do anything for those great guys" He never quit sending the guys encouragement and letting them know they were loved and never forgotten.
Randy sent them autographed pictures with the inscription: "Always remember,-keep THE main thing, THE main thing....." The boys needed spiritual counseling and coach was there for them.
Randy Walker will be missed in many ways. Now the task at hand is to find someone to pick up his torch for Rocky Clark and the halftime Book Project.
We will all search for a way to keep Randy's memory strong and, "keep THE main thing, THE main thing.... Randy loved football and the part of the game that means maintaining a fighting, never-say-die spirit that always seeks a way to win, at halftime, any time..."
The hope of the boys is to complete the book and dedicate it to Randy Walker' incredible and rare compassion, love and devotion and caring. Randy cared dearly not only for his players, but to strangers, like Rob and Rocky.
Farewell Coach Walker, we will miss your indomitable spirit and your constant smile.
Talked to several fellow NU alumni already this morning and we are all in shock. Walker came to NU after my time there but I enjoyed watching him do a tremendous job raising the football program to be an enduring contender without sacrificing NU's demanding academic standards. It was evident that he was both a fierce competitor and a class act. A terrible loss for both NU and the NCAA.
The Big 10 has lost a wonderful coach... My condolences to the Walker family. Thanks for the memories coach.
As an NU CAS graduate and resident of El Paso, I made it a point to greet Randy and Mark Murphy when they came to the Sun Bowl. He was very appreciative of the attention his team was receiving by the Sun Bowl community. I found him to be very approachable and genuine. He made NU football fun to watch and listen to every fall Saturday. To Tammie and his children, you have my deepest sympathy. Know that he is and will continue to missed. He was one of a kind.
Condolences go out to the Walker family and the entire NU community,
but especially the football program that has lost a leader and a genuinely good guy. Such a premature death is always a big loss and hurts everyone - even those who didn't like him as a coach. During
his tenure at NU he was an honest person and a hard worker who earned
the respect of the school, the conference, and the country with the
success of the program while retaining the academic and overall integrity of Northwestern. During my time as a student and a member of Northwestern University Marching Band he went out of his way to come over and speak with us and express his support for the marching band and his thanks for our support. Overall he was a stand-up guy who was going to be the face of NU football for some time and he will be missed by all.
I am very saddened to hear this news. What Randy did at Northwestern was truly remarkable and his legacy will continue for many years. May God continue to protect his family and grant them good health.
I played against Randy in high schood back in Ohio. We were the last team to beat Troy in the last game of the 1970 season. The next year, Troy went 10-0 and this team was rated one of the best HS football teams in Ohio...in over 50 years!
This is a sad day for many of us in losing such a warm and caring individual who led men in a brutal sport such as football.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Randy's family and for me, holding on to the good thoughts of Randy will help me get through the days and weeks ahead.
PS-We led Troy (Fairborn) 18-6 at the start of the 4th quarter in 1971...only to lose 45-18 to an eventual 10-0 Troy team. This was back in the day before state playoffs, so your season ended after the last game. Randy played fullback in front of a guy named Gordon Bell, who became a 3-time All-American from Michigan after his graduation. I will never forget the night we played Troy...or the guys involved in the battle.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Walker family...
As a proud alumnus of Northwestern, to the Walker family and my fellow members of the NU community, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you as we mourn the untimely passing of someone who brought great repute, honor, thrills, pride and glory to Evanston. His legacy will be in the fine young men--some of whom it has been my pleasure to meet in New York, where I live--that played for him and graduated from the University.
Condolences from a Badgers fan. Walker was a true success story and was a great addition to the Big Ten.
Coach Walker gave me many of my happiest memories during my four years at Northwestern. His kindness, integrity and commitment to great athletics, as well as academics, will always be remembered.
In a difficult and frequently dirty business, Randy Walker conducted a Big Ten program with honor and considerable success. I respect him for that and am grateful for all he did for the Northwestern communicty.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Walker family... Coach will be missed tremendously. He was a builder of men as well as a dedicated coach. As a current NW student, I am proud not only of his accomplishments for the football program but the class he added to my school. Thank you, Coach.
My heart goes out to all of Randy Walker's family. I was at Troy High School at the same time as Randy and graduated in 1973 with his younger brother Rob. I remember playing little league baseball vs. Randy and Rob and his feats on the football field while at Troy are too numerous to mention. I did not know Randy that well while in high school, but he was the kind of guy that everyone liked and respected, regardless of how well you knew him.
God Bless all of the Walker family.
While known as a tough coach, Randy was a softie when talking about his players (of course, when they were not around). His love for them was obvious. Yes, he wanted to win, but he also wanted his players to graduate and to grow as men.
As fans, Randy spoiled us - we expected to win. There were losses when we fans wondered 'what was Randy thinking?' We will miss him.
Tammy, Jamie and Abbey - Randy would expect you to be strong. We'll pray for you.
I was stunned by the news of coach Walker's passing. He brought a standard of excellance and excitement to Northwestern football. He will be sorely missed but remembered for many stirring games with outstanding players. Our deepest sympathy to his family. David Ross, Class of 1950
O Captain! My Captain!
We'll miss you Randy.
God Bless Coach Walker and his family. As a proud NU alum (and band member), I remember fondly the turnaround that Coach brought to the program. Despite extremely difficult times, Coach Walker was able to maintain a sense of pride and excellence in the team at Northwestern. May God be with you, Walker family.
I am a Michigan State alumnus who lives in the Chicago area, and it is with great sadness that I learned of Coach Walker's passing. He was an outstanding representative for the University who carried himself with dignity and respect for his opponents. I thank God for his life and wish comfort and peace to his family, friends, and the Northwestern community.
God bless you Randy and your family!
Thoughts and prayers with the Walker family and the NU Family
As a fellow co-worker, I will miss Randy's dedication to both on and off the field excellence. May the Lord hold all of his family during this time of transition.
Being a U of Michigan grad and fan, I respected Randy and everything he has done to the NU program. He has given us a couple of good games to always remember. I am sorry for the loss and God bless his family and friends in dealing with a loss that happened too soon.
My prayers are with the Walker family.....
Coach Walker epitomized the essence of Northwestern - brains, guts and a deep caring of the individual. As an alum, there was no better feeling than watching our football team compete with Top 20 teams during his tenure. You always knew he'd find a way to stay in the game and quite often, win.
He took the school and the football program to new heights. His legacy should be rewarded with his name on the football stadium. He and his family deserve much more than that, but hopefully its the least we can do to say thanks for the memories.
My deepest sympathies to Coach Walker's family, friends, the players and assistant coaches, and to the Wildcat fans. Coach Walker was a class act who restored pride and created a winning tradition at Northwestern after the departure of Gary Barnett. I always admired his simple demeanor, work ethic and his famous "pickle boat" quote. My son and I met him in at the preseason walk thru in August 2002. He was very gracious with his time and signed a football for my son. As a season ticket holder I never knew what the final score of a game would be, however, I always knew that Coach Walker and his players would never give up. He will be missed.
MMA NU 1986
My deepest sympathies to the Walker family. Randy brought so much excitement and passion to not only the football program, but to the entire Northwestern community. We will miss him tremendously.
My thoughts and prayers are with the entire Walker family at this time.
Randy and I never met but due to knowing other members of his family due to a family marriage, I have always followed his career.
He will be sorely missed.
My sympathies to Coach Walker's family, and the NU community. I never met him, but I taught sociology to many of NU's football players (including Rashedi Wheeler) over the last 7 years. Thanks Coach, for bringing spirit to NU, and inspiring all of us to do our best.
Former Sociology Prof.
As a player and student at Miami OH "93-97" coach walker tought me many lessons. The greatest of these is to always be a thumb pointer and not a finger pointer. It's always easy to blame others when things don't go our way (point fingers) but the more difficult task is to recognize our own mistakes (thumb pointing) and understand how they contribute to that which we might blame on others. I owe my collge education and subsequent legal education to this common man with uncommon ethics, drive, and accomplishments. My best to his wife, two kids, and extended family.
My Wife and I are season Ticket holders for the last 10 years. We will deeply miss Coach Walker. He was able to acomplish tremendous feats while coaching at NU.
His loss leaves a void in College football that will not easily be filled.
What a shock and what a loss. Randy seemed to be the right "fit" for the Cats'. Our most heartfelt sympathy to his family and all who knew him.
I met Randy after a game years ago when I was a professor at Northwestern. He didn't know me from a hole in the ground but he was so kind and genuine that I remember it like it was yesterday. My sympathies go out to his family, friends and the entire Northwestern family.
Although I went to both Illinois and Northern Illinois, and I am not a Northwesetrn fan, my admiration for Randy Walker as a coach, a teacher, a leader, and a moral example for young men is immense. My prayers are with the family and the NU community. May God be with you all.
I pray that God brings his family comfort during this time. I played for Coach Walker from 95 to 98 and witnessed him turn Miami(Ohio) into winners. He was respected so much because he turned a bunch of Mid-American conference players into a Giant killer. He was a task master who you might not have liked all the time but you always respected him because his tactics produced wins. Coach walker, the 95' - 98' Redskins/Redhawks will miss you. God Bless.
My deepest sympathies to the Walker family. He was a great coach and will be missed by all.
Randy Walker was the best-- a perfect fit for NU. He was a truly classy man and will be missed sorely.
As a Gopher fan we always respected your work.
Rest in Peace.
My deepest sympathy on the loss of your husband and father.
Take Care Randy.
We will miss you and the great success you brought to Northwestern and its student athletes.
You will never be replaced, only remembered as the greatest coach in Northwestern Football history.
Best wishes to all of Randy's friends, family, players, former players, and admirers reading this.
God Bless a truely great person and a crdit to the college football coaching profession.
As a recent NU grad, I was privileged enough to be a part of the excitement that the football team created on campus over the last 6 years. As the leader of our proud Wildcats, I will forever remember Randy Walker and the impact he and his team had on my college experience. Rest in peace, Coach.
My heart sank this morning when I read that your father had passed in the night. I only met your dad a few times but will always fondly remember watching the Super Bowl with your family, members of his team and of our class back in 2000. I will also always remember the kind words he said to me upon graduating high school.
I am glad to hear that you are carrying on his legacy by recruiting for the Wildcats. My deepest condolences to you, your mom, Abbey and the rest of your family. I hope we have the chance to catch up sometime soon.
I went to 1st grade with Randy in Troy, I was so proud of him and what's he's done.
My deepest sympathy to the family. I am an NU fan and a fan of the Coach. I am surorised to see the sheer number of people around me - from various social-economic backgrounds truly affected by the Coach's death. Let us dedicate this season to him.
To the Walker family....Thank you for sharing Randy with us . He will be missed and will be a great example for NU athletes and coaches for years to come.......
I am a Miami alum (1999) and attend Miami during the last 5 years of Coach Randy's tenure. He brought many great things to Miami Football, the University and Oxford. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. May God welcome him home.
Deepest sympathies to Randy Walker's family and friends. My son was at his football camp last week and was raving about Randy and his program. He will be missed.
Randy Walker represented everything good about college football. He was the perfect coach for Northwestern. He proved you can compete with and sometimes beat the very best in College Football AND adhere to the principals of "student athletics". He will always be remembered and truly missed by the Northwestern community.
I am a parent of a Northwestern student and I am so saddened by Coach Walker's sudden and premature death. He was a terrifc individual who brought many joys to the Northwestern community. May God provide his eternal blessing to him and his family.
Thank you, Coach Walker, for making it easy to be a Northwestern fan again. You helped my alma mater regain its Purple Pride, and you'll be remembered for your commitment to the team and the school.You inspired the best not only from your players, but from us fans, and we will miss you.
I feel so sad. Randy was a great coach and did so much for Northwestern and football. I never saw him mistreat a player, even after they had made a terrible play on the field. He will be missed.
I DID NOT KNOW RANDY , BUT I DID KNOW MANY FORMER PLAYERS OF HIS AT MIAMI. ALL HAD THE UPMOST RESPECT FOR HIM AND I LOVED WATCHING HIS WILDCATS PLAY WITH TOUGHNESS, SOUND FUNDAMENTALS AND A GREAT WINNING SPIRIT. I AM AN OHIO STATE FAN, BUT HAVE ALWAYS CHEERED FOR RANDY'S WILDCATS. MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO HIS FAMILY AND TO THE NORTHWESTERN COMMUNITY. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.
Tammy and Family,
We cannot express how sad we are after hearing about the loss of Randy. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time.
I have been following Coach Randy Walker's career since 1995. His death is a great loss for his family and friends and the Northwestern Athletic program. He was one of the best and I do not doubt his commitment to the game will be recognized by the College Football Hall of Fame in South Bend.
Coach Walker will be sorely missed. I remember when NU beat Ohio-State a few years ago, and one of the pictures taken from that memorable evening, was a sign above the entrance to the locker room that said "Trust yourself". That sums it up when it comes to his style of coaching. He came across as a man who always believed in those around him, which is why the Cats continue to surprise inspite of all the "expert" opinions on College Football. Bye, Randy. You'll be sorely missed by everyone.
Shocking to believe that he's gone. Our prayers to the family
While losing a coach is tragic, losing a father is even worse. I offer my most heart felt condolences to the Walker and Northwestern University families.
Randy was a great coach and just what the Wildcats needed. He will be missed by all who knew him.
As a coach and a leader, he exemplified greatness by stressing commitment, hard work, discipline, innovation and teamwork. He made such a positive difference in the lives of the players and I will sorely miss seeing him roam the sidelines.
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Tammy, I was shocked and heart broken to hear about Randy. What a great loss for NW and for all your friends and family. If you need anything, please don't hesitate. I'm so sorry, Diana Ditka
To a real class guy from a Penn St. fan.
My condolences to the Walker family, the players, the staff and all the fans. As a NU alum and always a fan, I know and saw what Randy Walker did for the team and for the school. To say he will be missed by the Northwestern community is an understatement. May his memory forever remain in the hearts of all Wildcats.
Great football coach; great person. NU will miss Randy. Condolences to his family.
Thanks for some great memories, Coach! You brought the Wildcats a long way.
The news of Coach Walker's broke my heart. My deepest sympathies to his family and the entire NU community.
My heart goes out to the Walker family and the Northwestern community. Randy was a wonderful man and coach with integrity. I will remember him as a coach who loved his players. I could see that from row 72 each home game.
Our heartfelt sympathies to Randy's family. Words fail, at a time like this.
Randy was a student of mine at Troy High School. A great young man. Besides being a terrific football player he was involved in many school activities. One of the memories I have of Randy is when he performed as Tevia in the production of " Fiddler On The Roof". I was the basketball coach at Troy and tried to convince Randy to play. I have had the good fortune to correspond frequently with him during his tenure at N.U.
Its very sad to see such a vibrant individual leave us. Lends credence to the saying "Life is short and unpredictable" My prayers are with the family.
It was sad to hear about the passing of coach Randy Walker.
He brought excemient to northwestern football. My thoughts & Prayers go out to Randy's family & friends & the northwestern football family.
God bless Randy, and God bless his family at this difficult time. He brought a level of excellence to NU football that was always expected in the classroom, but not always on the playing field.
Randy Walker was a great coach and mentor to his players, he will be missed.
You were taken to soon. May you rest in peace.
Deepest sympathies to Randy Walker's family and friends. Randy continued the long standing tradition of Ohio coaches taking their high levels of sucess to areas outside the state. God speed.
I am a fellow Miamian (class of 1977) and was fortunate to see Randy Walker and the team go 31-1-1 in three years. I visited Northwestern last Friday (June 23) with my daughter and told her about Coach Walker. Yesterday (June 29), I went to the funeral of a friend who died at 54 years old. This life can be short and can end without warning. Listen to what Coach Walker said and see what he did. Put energy into your relationships and spend time with those you love. Tomorrow is not promised to us. Thanks Randy for touching so many - May God receive you with the care you showed others.