Raleigh, NC - NC State head football coach Tom O’Brien has announced that Troy Walters will be joining the Wolfpack staff as wide receivers coach. Walters, an eight-year NFL veteran who spent the last two seasons coaching that same position at Texas A&M, was the recipient of the 1999 Biletnikoff Trophy, given to the nation’s top collegiate wide receiver.
“We are excited that Troy has agreed to be a part of our staff,” said O’Brien. “He has outstanding experience as a player on the collegiate and professional levels and as a coach. He will be a great mentor and leader for our young wide receiver corps.”
In his two seasons at Texas A&M, Walters coached school-record setting receivers Ryan Swope and Jeff Fuller. In 2010, both players set the school record for single-season receptions with 72, while Fuller set the school mark for reception yardage with 1,066. Last season, Swope broke both of those marks with 89 grabs for 1,207 yards.
Before his two-year stint in College Station, Walters spent the 2009 campaign as the offensive coordinator, quarterbacks and wide receiver coach at Indiana State.
“I’m excited to be a part of the Wolfpack family,” said Walters. “NC State has a great staff, great players and great fans and I like the direction that Coach O’Brien has the program headed. I’m looking forward to being a part of something very special here.”
“I coached against Troy Walters- the player- when I was Head Coach in Green Bay and he was playing for the Colts and the Vikings,” said Mike Sherman, former head coach at Texas A&M and current offensive coordinator for the Miami Dolphins. “Even though he was somewhat undersized, he was a relentless competitor. He played with great fundamentals and mental toughness. When I hired him as a coach he brought those same qualities. I can’t imagine Coach O’Brien finding a better fit - Troy embodies class and character. He is a great teacher and role model.”
A 1999 graduate of Stanford, Walters set the Cardinal and Pac-10 career record for receptions with 244 grabs for 3,986 yards. In 2000, he was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings. In addition to being a receiver, Walters averaged 23.1 yards per kickoff return and 14.5 per punt return during his rookie season, seeing action in all 12 games for the Vikings.
From 2002-05, he played for Indianapolis, helping the Colts reach the playoffs every year. In 2003, he caught 36 passes for 456 yards and three touchdowns. He spent the 2006 season with the Arizona Cardinals and then finished his playing career with the Detroit Lions in 2007.
As a senior at Stanford, Walters had 74 receptions for 1,456 yards and 10 touchdowns, earning consensus All-America and Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year honors, as well as the Biletnikoff Trophy. An Academic All-American, he earned his undergraduate degree in communication and a master’s in sociology in 2000.
The son of a coach, Walters’ father Trent was an assistant football coach at Indiana, Louisville, Washington, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame and Texas A&M during his career. During his stint with the Aggies (1991-93), A&M never lost a conference game and won three consecutive Southwest Conference titles, while Troy served as a ball boy. Trent Walters also coached in the NFL, with stops at Cincinnati, Minnesota and Philadelphia.
“He grew up as a coach’s son, so he understands the demands of the profession and what it takes to be a championship team,” said O’Brien, who added that running backs coach Des Kitchings will add tight ends to his coaching responsibilities.
The 35-year-old is a native of Bloomington, Ind. Walters will marry Josephine Jackson on Saturday in Seattle, Washington.
2010-11: Texas A&M (wide receivers)
2009: Indiana State (offensive coordinator/QBs/WRs)
2007: Detroit Lions (NFL)
2006: Arizona Cardinals (NFL)
2002-05: Indianapolis Colts (NFL)
2000-01: Minnesota Vikings (NFL)
1996-99: Stanford University