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Longtime Assistant Coach Bruce Walker Retires

Posted: Jul 1, 2014 5:31 PM by Tyler Hastedt, KOMU 8 Sports Digital Producer

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COLUMBIA - University of Missouri assistant football coach Bruce Walker is retiring from the sport after 13 seasons with the Tigers.

Walker has been with head coach Gary Pinkel since the beginning at Mizzou in 2001, coaching tight ends and offensive linemen. Walker was also on Pinkel's staff from 1996-2000 at the University of Toledo.

Walker coached three Mizzou tight ends who were first-team All-American selections, including Chase Coffman, who won the Mackey Award in 2008 as the nation's top tight end. In 2013, senior offensive lineman Justin Britt received first-team All-Southeastern Conference honors and became a second round NFL Draft pick.

Pinkel said he appreciates the contributions that Walker has made to the Tigers over the years.

"Bruce has been a very important part of our success here at Mizzou, and I'm very grateful to him and his family for all of the sacrifices they have made to help our program succeed," Pinkel said.

Walker made it clear that Mizzou will continue to hold a special place in his heart.

"Mizzou has been a special place for me, I've loved my time here and I'll always be a Tiger," Walker said.

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