Legendary NCCU coach LeRoy Walker dies

Leroy Walker (Courtesy: NC Central University)
April 23, 2012 7:37:10 PM PDT
North Carolina Central University Chancellor Emeritus Dr. LeRoy T. Walker passed away Monday at the age of 93.

Walker was the first black president of the United States Olympic Committee.

He began coaching at the North Carolina College for Negroes in 1945 and coached more than 100 All-Americans. Walker also served North Carolina Central University as chairman of the Department of Physical Education and Recreation and vice chancellor for university relations. 

He was the United States' head track and field coach at the 1976 Olympic games and was a key administrator in the early years of the U.S. Peace Corps.

Walker served as chancellor for the university from 1983-1986.

The UNC Board of Governors conferred the titles of permanent chancellor and chancellor emeritus following his tenure as chancellor. He was a member of 17 Halls of Fame, including NCCU's Alex Rivera Hall of Fame.

The LeRoy T. Walker Physical Education and Recreation Complex on the campus of NCCU is named in his honor.

"Chancellor Emeritus Walker was an accomplished figure in athletics and a treasured leader who will be greatly missed," said Charlie Nelms, chancellor of NCCU. "He leaves a rich legacy that will continue to live on at NCCU. Our entire university community will keep his daughter, Dr. Carolyn Walker Hopp, and son, LeRoy T. Walker Jr., along with the rest of family in our thoughts and prayers."

Walker attended New York University where he collected a masters and doctorate degrees. He was the first black to receive a doctorate there in exercise physiology and biomechanics.

The Scarborough & Hargett Funeral Home in Durham is handling funeral arrangements.

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