Park Vista football hires former Boca Raton athletic director Brandon Walker – Palm Beach Post

Park Vista football named former Boca Raton athletic director and football coach Brandon Walker as its next head coach late Thursday evening.
Feeling the crunch of the jamborees around the corner, it’s been a hot week for hires in Palm Beach County. Walker’s hiring follows King’s Academy and Palm Beach Central’s announcements on Monday. 
Park Vista has seen weeks of turmoil after the controversial firing of ex-NFL fullback and Pro Bowler Leonard Weaver III, who went 7-2 in one season as head coach.
Players and parents may not have all of the answers they seek, but they can find solace in knowing there’ll be a new head coach on campus just in time for spring football.
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“We are extremely pleased that Coach Walker has agreed to serve as a full-time teacher and head football coach in Cobra Country,” Vela said.
“I am confident that his years of coaching experience and commitment to academic excellence will elevate our football program on and off the field.”
Prior to stepping down to act as the Bobcats’ athletic director in December 2019, Walker compiled a 13-8 record over two seasons as coach.
The latter saw the 2019 Lou Groza Coach of the Year finalist lead Boca to a first playoff appearance since 2015, but ultimately suffered a bitter 42-7 loss to Vero Beach in the Class 8A regional quarterfinal.
Before Boca, the American Heritage-Plantation alum was the head coach of Cooper City for five years, touting a record of 23-28 with a regional quarterfinal appearance in 2016.
Walker began building his coaching resume after playing at and graduating from Elmhurst College, making stops at Delaware – where his team won the 2003 NCAA Division I-AA National Championship – Fordham and North Florida Christian.
In 2006, Walker returned to serve as the offensive coordinator for the Patriots he played for in his high school days and would eventually land his first-ever stint as a head coach at Somerset Academy-Pembroke Pines four year later.
It could be said that Walker inherits his coaching abilities from his father, Byron, who has been the head coach of Ft. Lauderdale’s Archbishop McCarthy for 11 years. Outside of the Mavericks, the senior Walker coached for 19 seasons at his son’s high school alma mater and led the county’s Glades Day Gators to three state championships between 1976-91.
As he makes his return to the sidelines, game plan in hand and success in his genes, Walker gains a young, but loaded team that went 7-2 under Weaver’s direction in his one year at the helm.
“I am tremendously excited for this opportunity to coach at Park Vista. This is such a strong group of student-athletes with a lot of promise,” Walker said.
“I am committed to do my part to build a competitive football program we all will be proud of.”

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