Men’s basketball adds Walter Offutt to coaching staff
NORMAL, Ill. – Illinois New State Men’s Basketball Head Coach Ryan Pedon announced its first addition to its coaching staff in assistant coach Walter Offutt.
“Walter has a personality full of energy, and that’s reflected in his coaching career,” Pedon said. “I’ve known Walter since he was a player and worked with him when he was a graduate assistant at Illinois. He changes the culture. He impacts the people around him and he has a magnetic personality that can affect the program on a daily basis with his energy and enthusiasm.”
Offutt comes to Normal via the University of Toledo where he was an assistant for three seasons under Tod Kowalczyk. Last season, Toledo had a 26-8 overall record, breaking the school record for conference wins for the second straight season and the first time in program history that the Rockets have won back-to-back titles. the Mid-American Conference.
In 2021-22, he coached JT Shumate who was the Rockets’ first CoSIDA Academic All-American since 1998, and three All-MAC winners. A year earlier, the team had three other players on All-MAC teams, including 2021 MAC Player of the Year Marreon Jackson.
“My wife and I are extremely excited and grateful to be part of Redbird Nation,” said Offutt. “I was quickly attracted to the opportunity to join Coach Pedon and an athletic department passionate about winning and sustaining success. I look forward to helping our student-athletes build on the rich tradition of the program. and bring the ISU back to a level of excellence in the Missouri Valley Conference.”
Prior to his time at Toledo, Offutt spent two seasons at Chattanooga, where he helped the Mocs land a top-100 recruiting class in 2018 according to 247sports.com. Included in that class was ESPN Four-Star rookie and 2018-19 Southern Conference Rookie of the Year Kevin Easley, who came out of high school as the No. 6 prep forward at Indiana and No. 35 in the National Recruitment Rankings.
The Indianapolis native also served as director of basketball operations at Ball State in 2016-17 and was a graduate manager at Illinois for two seasons (2014-16).
As a collegiate athlete, he helped Ohio University win a school-record 29 games in 2011-12, helping the team qualify for the NCAA Sweet 16 Tournament as the team toppled the Michigan and USF before falling in overtime against North Carolina. Against the Tar Heels, he scored 26 points and was named to the regional All-Midwest team. Offutt’s college career — which began with two seasons at Ohio State — saw him average 11.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. He played three seasons of prep basketball at Warren Central High School in Indianapolis, before missing his senior season due to injury.
He earned two degrees at Ohio, earning his bachelor’s degree in business and human relations in 2012 and a master’s degree in coach education in 2013. He added a second master’s degree in educational policy studies from Illinois. in 2016.
Walter Offutt Basketball Timeline
2019-2022 – University of Toledo, assistant coach
2017-2019 – University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, assistant coach
2016-2017 – Ball State University, Director of Basketball Operations
2014-2016 – University of Illinois, Graduate Manager
2011-2013 – Ohio University, student-athlete
2008-2010 – The Ohio State University, student-athlete
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