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Head Coach: Eric Walker
Eric Walker, a native of Elizabethtown, Pa., became the College's tenth head wrestling coach in August 2003. Since that time, he has revitalized the program following a string of off-years prior to his arrival.
In February 2005, Walker was named the Middle Atlantic Conference's Co-Coach of the Year after guiding the Blue Jays to a sixth place finish at the MAC Championships, sending a wrestler to the NCAA Division III Championships for the first time since 2000, and having an Etown wrestler win a MAC individual weight class title for the first time since 1998.
He guided a young 2006-07 team to the Blue Jays' best dual match record since 1999-00 and historically signifcant wins over Lycoming College and Messiah College. In 2007-08, the Blue Jays finished with a 6-9 record and tied for seventh at the Metropolitan Conference team championships.
In November 2005, Walker joined Elizabethtown College on a full-time basis, and he now also serves as one of the College's equipment managers.
Prior to taking the reins of the program at Elizabethtown College, Walker served as an assistant wrestling coach at nearby Franklin & Marshall College, which, despite being a small school that does not offer athletic scholarships, competes at the NCAA Division I level in wrestling. There, he helped rebuild F&M's wrestling program following a 2-17 dual match finish in 2000-01. In his first season as an assistant at F&M in 2001-02, the team finished 7-15, and in his second season in 2002-03, F&M finished 10-12, posting its highest dual match win total since the 1991-92 season.
Walker's responsibilities at F&M included heavy involvement in recruiting, as well as working with athletes directly on the mat and behind the scenes work. Prior to serving as an assistant at F&M, he was a volunteer assistant coach at both Elizabethtown Area High School and Penn Manor High School in 2000-01.
A 2000 alumnus of Lycoming College who double majored in economics and marketing, Walker had a stellar wrestling career at Lycoming. He ranks second all-time at Lycoming with 119 career victories, and he was a Middle Atlantic Conference finalist all four years of his collegiate career, winning a pair of MAC titles in 1997 and 2000. He also earned the MAC Outstanding Wrestler Award in 2000, and he was an NCAA Division III All-American in 2000 with a third place national finish. He qualified for the NCAA Division III championships three times over the course of his collegiate career.
As a wrestler at Elizabethtown Area High School, Walker won 86 bouts and placed among the top eight in the Pennsylvania state championships in 1996.
Contact Coach Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org; or by telephone at 717-361-1509.