Paul Walker coached for 41 years, 39 years as a head coach. He won 695 games and lost 169 games. He was consider a “Legendary Coach” of the Middletown “Middies” for 30 years (1946-1976 and compiling a 562-136 record). He won five State Championships (1947, 1952, 1953, 1956 and 1957) and one State Runner-up.
Born April 17, 1911, in Summerton, Tenn., Walker was a 1930 graduate of Madisonville (Ky.) High School. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1935 from Western Kentucky University and a master’s in education from Xavier University. He began his basketball coaching career at Hardinsburg (Ky.) High School and achieved a 54-12 record in three seasons (1935-37). In five seasons (1939-44) at Anchorage (Ky.), his teams went 67-10, followed by one season of 12-11 at Portsmouth (Ohio).
Walker coached the AP’s No. 1 team five times, was named the coach of the year three times and was named coach of the year in the country 1973-74 by the National Athletic Coaches Association. He was inducted into the National High School Sports Hall of Fame in 1986. The Ohio High School Athletic Association invested in a life membership, honoring him at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988. In 1991, he was honored by Middletown, Ohio as having made significant contribution to its 200-year history. Furthermore, Walker was among those who founded the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association and served a President of the Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association from 1951-52 (2 Years) and Secretary – Treasurer for 22 years.
When Walker closed his career in 1976, he was regarded by many as a brilliant coach and teacher of basketball. Walker passed away on July 12, 1999 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Mary L. (Mahoney) Walker of Middletown; two sons, Paul Walker Jr., of Gibsonia, Pa., and Tim Walker of Indianapolis; a brother, William C. of Lexington, Ky; and four grandchildren.