Randy Walker dead
NU football coach dead at 52
Walker dies of apparent heart attack
By Terry Bannon
Published June 29, 2006
Northwestern football coach Randy Walker, who had lifted the Wildcats' football program to one of its highest levels of success in decades, died Thursday night of an apparent heart attack.
Walker, 52, was stricken at approximately 10 p.m., a school spokesman said. In October, 2004, he was hospitalized for two days with myocarditis, an inflamation of the heart muscle. It is commonly caused by a virus, which doctors believe causes the initial inflamation.
In April, Walker signed a contract extension through the 2011 season, and he often expressed the desire that Northwestern would be his last coaching job.
A native of Troy Ohio, Walker led the Wildcats to a share of the 2000 Big Ten title and an Alamo Bowl berth. The Wildcats played in the 2003 Motor City Bowl and the Sun Bowl last season.
He had a 37-46 record at Northwestern since arriving in 1999, making him the secong winningest coach in NU history. Before that, was head coach at his alma mater, Miami of Ohio, for nine years.
He is survived by his wife Tammy, daughter Abbey and son Jamie.
"Our deepest sympathies go out to his wife, Tammy, and his two Children," athletic director Mark Murphy said. "This is a devastating loss, not only four our atheltic probram but for the entire Northwestern comunity. Randy embraced Northwestern and its mission, and cared deeply for his studendt athletes both on and off the field."