BUENA VISTA, Va. — Southern Virginia University head football coach Tyler Hughes today named Jason Walker as his defensive coordinator.
Walker comes to Southern Virginia after serving as a defensive graduate assistant the past four seasons at Brigham Young University, where he learned defensive schemes from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and some of the nation's top defensive assistants. Since Coach Mendenhall's arrival at BYU in 2005, the Cougar defense has consistently ranked in the Top 25 for various defensive categories in NCAA Division I FBS football.
"I am thrilled that Jason has accepted the offer to become our team's defensive coordinator," Hughes said. "He brings tremendous experience with him from his time at BYU where he learned from some of the best in this business. Jason has a great desire and the ability to help the young men at Southern Virginia become great football players and even better people outside of the game."
Walker's primary responsibilities at BYU involved preparing scouting reports, tagging film and assisting the coaching staff in practice and recruiting. During the 2012 season, Walker oversaw the kickoff return unit that finished 30th in the nation in total return yards.
"I would like to express my gratitude to Southern Virginia University and Tyler Hughes for taking me in and to my family who has been very supportive through this process," Walker said. "With the staff Coach Hughes and I can assemble, I'm excited to see where we can take the football program at Southern Virginia."
Prior to BYU, Walker served as the defensive coordinator and special teams coach at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, and had previous experience coaching the defensive secondary and special teams at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah.
"I'm excited to be here," Walker said. "I really enjoy the feeling on campus and the type of students that attend this university. It's a great time to be a part of the program heading into a new conference and the positive energy that comes with that. I'm also excited to implement the concepts I learned at BYU and ask the young men at Southern Virginia to give the same amount of effort as we did in Provo."
Before his coaching career began, Walker played collegiate football for two seasons at Snow College followed by two seasons at Utah State University. While playing safety for Utah State, Walker was recognized as one of the Aggies' strongest pound-for-pound players. Changes in Utah State's coaching staff following Walker's junior season allowed him to learn and play under two different defensive schemes during his time as an Aggie.
Walker and his wife, Jen, have four children: daughter Brighton (9), son Rex (7), daughter Ivory (4) and son Gabriel (2). Jason served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Ivory Coast, Abidjan mission from 1998-00.
He received a bachelor's degree in business from Utah State and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration from BYU.