Johnette Walker is in her first season as an assistant coach for the USC Upstate women’s basketball team.
Walker joins the Spartan family after spending the 2015-16 season as an assistant coach at Francis Marion University. During her lone season at Francis Marion, Walker helped coach the Patriots to an NCAA Division II Southeast Region title and a visit to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight for the second time in school history. Francis Marion finished the season with a 24-9 record.
Walker, a native of Columbia, S.C., graduated from Radford University in 2009 with a B.S. in exercise sport and health education. Walker played under current Francis Marion head coach Jeri Porter while Porter was the head coach for the Highlanders and was named the Big South Defensive Player of the Year in 2008-09, and was named to the All-Conference Team as well as the All-Academic Team twice. She is currently the Highlanders' sixth-leading career scorer with 1,238 points and the conference career leader in steals with 348. Walker is one of four players in Big South history to have 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, 400 assists and 200 steals in her career.
Following her collegiate career, Walker played six seasons professionally overseas in Germany and averaged at least 15 points and six rebounds in five of six seasons.