Board of Directors
Retired, College Athletic Administrator and Coach
A passionate and experienced leader, Ann Walker spent over 30 years leading in the world of coaching, administration, and in the non-profit sector. She semi-retired in 2019 but still pursues her personal commitment to help grow women in leadership positions in coaching, teaching, and administration.
Her most recent job was as the Director of Events and Communications for WeCOACH (2016-19). Prior to WeCOACH, Walker served two years (2014-16) as the Director of Athletics at Clark College, a community college in Vancouver, WA.
Before moving to the Pacific Northwest, Walker spent six years (2006-12) as the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance and Internal Ops/SWA at Nova Southeastern University (NSU), a NCAA Division II college in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She also served as the South Region Chair of the NCAA Division II Women’s Basketball Committee for three years. In 2008, she was named the National Chair, a position she held until the conclusion of the 2011 season. In her tenure, she served on numerous other Regional and Conference committees. Also during her time at NSU, and while the Associate AD, Walker served for one season (2010-11) as the women’s basketball interim head coach, when the Sharks were left without a coach right before the start of the season. While in her final year at NSU (2012), she was named the NCAA Division II Administrator of the Year by the Women Leaders in College Sports.
Walker landed at NSU from the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) office, where she served for one year (2005-06) as the Assistant Commissioner/Senior Woman Administrator. In addition to those duties, she was responsible for the planning and oversight of the Division II Disney Men’s & Women’s Tip-Off Classic, and was the primary liaison with Disney Sports.
Prior to her stint with the SSC, Walker was at Minnesota State University in Mankato, MN (NCAA Division II) for seven years (1998-2005). Walker was the head women’s basketball coach the first six years and served her final year as Assistant Athletic Director of Fundraising. While at MSU, she attained her 100th win as a head college basketball coach.
Before joining the staff at Minnesota State, Walker served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Creighton University (Omaha, NE) for three seasons (1995-98).
Walker began her career in college athletics at Teikyo Marycrest University in Davenport, Iowa, where she served as Assistant Athletic Director, head women’s basketball coach and head softball coach from 1989-1993.
Today, she continues to work as a Site Rep for the NCAA during Championships. In addition, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Positive Coaching Alliance chapter in Portland, OR, and recently finished a 5-year term on the Board for the Washington Timbers Football Club.
Walker has participated in sports her entire life and is currently an avid golfer. She was an All-American basketball and All-District softball athlete at Northwestern College (Iowa,) where she received a B.A. in 1987. She also holds a M.A. in sport psychology from the University of Iowa (’95). She and her partner Lisa reside in both Vancouver, WA and Palm Desert, CA.