Mary Helen Walker, a former head coach at Loyola University (Ill.), joined the BU women's basketball staff in May 2006 and now enters her seventh season with the Terriers. Walker most recently served as an assistant coach at Northeastern and brought 14 years of Division I coaching experience when she joined the program in 2006-07.
Walker filled the head post at Loyola for six seasons from 1999-05, helping turn a program that won only 13 games combined in the three years prior to her arrival into a perennial upper-division team in the Horizon League. Walker led the Ramblers to conference tournament semifinal appearances from 2001-03. Prior to Walker's arrival, Loyola had only won one postseason game in school history.
After recording an eight-game improvement from her first season to her second at Loyola, Walker continued the program's resurgence in 2001-02 by winning 15 games and finishing over .500 for the first time in 13 years. The Ramblers' 12-game improvement during that two-year stretch was the best such upgrade in the Horizon League.
Walker served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Providence College for three years prior to Loyola. While with the Friars, Walker was instrumental in bringing in two top-25 recruiting classes. Walker also worked as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois under women's basketball pioneer Cindy Scott from 1994-96.
After beginning her coaching career at Kent State University as a graduate assistant, Walker took her first head coaching job in 1993 at Visitation Academy in St. Louis.
As a player, Walker enjoyed a standout four-year career at the College of the Holy Cross. She was named Patriot League Player of the Year her senior year in 1991 and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1997. A native of St. Louis, Mo., Walker earned All-State and All-America honors as a high school player.
After her career at Holy Cross, she played professionally for the St. Louis River Queens of the Women's Basketball Association from 1994-96.
Walker graduated from Holy Cross in 1991 with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She continued her education upon graduation and earned a master's degree in sports administration from Kent in 1993.