In an unexpected development, UAB defensive coordinator Duwan Walker resigned from his post effective immediately earlier Monday afternoon. The news was first reported by AL.com.
Walker, who has spent his entire coaching life in the state of Alabama, will be leaving the Blazers football program to pursue a private business. Walker has been a part of the UAB staff since current head coach Bill Clark took over in 2014, coming over from Jacksonville State in Gadsden, AL.
Walker had been with Clark at a collegiate level since 2008, coaching defensive backs at South Alabama during their transition to FBS status. Walker's defensive backs group finished amongst the tops in collegiate football in his four years in Mobile, with his 2012 unit finishing second in total defense in the Sun Belt.
Walker started his collegiate career in 1996 at his alma mater Troy University in Troy, AL as a graduate assistant, primarily helping with the defensive line and defensive backs. Walker was a three-year letter winner as a Trojan, playing from 1992-1995.
In 1998, Walker was hired on as a defensive backs coach at Prattville (AL) High School. In 2001, the same year Bill Clark was hired at Prattville, Walker was promoted to defensive coordinator. The Lions won two state championships and had a 55-game winning streak in Walker and Clark's final two seasons at the school. Clark was the national high school defensive coordinator of the year in 2006.
Walker will be replaced by defensive line coach David Reeves. Reeves, an Athens State University graduate, has coached at a collegiate level since 2006, joining Clark at the collegiate level in 2013 at Jacksonville State.
In previous stints, Reeves has served as a defensive coordinator at Athens (AL) High School (2000-2005,) a graduate assistant at the University of Alabama (2005-2006,) a defensive coach at Southern Arkansas (2006-2011,) a defensive backs coach at Tennessee-Martin (2012,) and a defensive line coach at Jacksonville State (2013.)
Reeves' defensive line unit ranked first in the Ohio Valley Conference in sacks (52) and third in scoring defense (23.6 PPG.)
Walker becomes the second UAB coach to resign in the last month, with offensive line coach Mike Bennefield resigning in May due to personal reasons.