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News and notes across the BYU sports spectrum
Last fall, Jason Walker was in his fourth year as a defensive graduate assistant at BYU. This fall, he will be the head football coach at Southern Virginia University, an NCAA Division III school in Buena Vista, Va.
That's a pretty rapid climb.
Walker joined the SVU staff on March 20 as the Knights' defensive coordinator. But when recently hired head coach Tyler Hughes left SVU before even coaching a game to take the head job at D-II Minot State, Walker was given the reins to the program.
"Jason Walker is a diligent worker, a quick study and passionate about football and building young men," BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said in a news release on the SVU website. "I believe this is a great choice by Southern Virginia as it seeks to expand and improve its reputation through football."<
SVU's release says he is pursuing a master's degree in public administration from BYU.
"I also want to thank Bronco Mendenhall and the football staff at BYU for the opportunities for growth they offered me in this profession," Walker said in the release. "I am grateful for my family and they support they have always provided."
Here are more tidbits from the BYU sports spectrum:
* Former BYU basketball player Ian Harward, the 7-footer from Orem High, has signed to play for BYU-Hawaii this season. Harward will join a couple of transfers from Utah State — Danny Berger and Jordan Stone — in playing for the Seasiders and veteran coach Ken Wagner.
Harward redshirted his first season at BYU (2011-12) after a church mission to San Antonio, Texas, and played in 22 games in 2012-13 as a redshirt freshman.
He decided to give up basketball due to a back injury, but has apparently recovered enough to give it another shot. Harward has three remaining years of eligibility.
Harward's best game as a Cougar came in New York when he scored seven points off the bench against No. 21 Notre Dame.