NEW YORK - Dr. Brent Walker, a leading educator and mental training consultant,
has joined the Columbia staff as the Associate Athletics Director for
Championship Performance, Dr. M. Dianne Murphy, Director, Intercollegiate
Athletics and Physical Education announced today. A certified and registered
sport psychologist, Dr. Walker will direct Columbia's Championship Performance Initiative, designed to help Columbia's
varsity teams and more than 700 student-athletes win individual and team
"Brent is an exceptionally talented and accomplished sports
psychologist," Murphy said. "We
are thrilled that he will lead our new Championship
He brings a wealth of experience and a very diverse skill set that
will make an immediate positive impact on the Columbia Athletics program. Brent
will be integral in elevating our athletics program to the next level."
Previously an Associate
Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Sports Studies at Eastern
Illinois University, Dr. Walker served as the Graduate Coordinator/Assistant
Chair and taught undergraduate and graduate courses such as Psychological
Foundations of Coaching, Social Psychology and Physical Activity and Exercise
Dr. Walker has provided
mental training services for athletes ranging from youth to the professional
ranks and has presented over 50 invited mental training seminars nationwide.
From 2000-2010, Dr. Walker conducted
sport psychology workshops at national licensing clinics for the Coaching
Education Division of the U.S. Soccer Federation and served as the mental
training consultant for the U.S. Soccer Paralympic soccer team prior to the
Beijing Paralympic Games.
An Executive Board Member for
the Association for Applied Sport Psychology since 2010, Dr. Walker has served
as a conference abstract reviewer throughout the years. He also presented both his research and
performance enhancement work at multiple AASP conferences.
Dr. Walker earned his doctoral
degree in kinesiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in
2002. He received his master's degree in exercise science from the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1997, and his bachelor's degree in psychology
in 1994 from Bradley University, where he was a two-sport athlete in basketball and baseball.
"We are excited for Brent to join us," Murphy said. "Brent
has the qualities and competencies to make our new Championship
Performance Initiative a tremendous success."