NICEVILLE, Fla. – With the start of women's basketball season just around the corner, NWFRaiders.com will take a look at the program in a four-part preview series.
Northwest Florida State opens its 2019-20 campaign at home on Nov. 2 against Wabash Valley at noon.
The second part of the series is a look at the Raiders' coaching staff as head coach Bart Walker enters his fifth season at the helm of the program.
HEAD COACH BART WALKER
A winner of over 327 games, Walker enters his fifth overall season in his second stint at Northwest Florida State. He has led the Raiders to back-to-back NJCAA National Tournament Elite Eight appearances as well as the Panhandle Conference title last season.
Walker is a five-time NJCAA Regional Coach of the Year winner and has led five teams to Elite Eight appearances in the national tournament. Prior to leading Motlow State to its first-ever NJCAA National Tournament appearance in 2017-19, Walker spent four seasons as an assistant at Tennessee Tech, where the Golden Eagles claimed the 2012-13 Ohio Valley Conference crown.
Walker played two seasons at Walters State before completing his bachelor's and master's degrees from Lincoln Memorial University.
ASSITANT COACH CHRIS GODFREY
With four years of NJCAA coaching experience, Godfrey joins the bench alongside Walker for the 2019-20 season. Godfrey spent last season as an assistant at Eastern Oklahoma State College, where he was charged with serving as the recruiting coordinator and organizing substitution patterns and player rotations.
Prior to his stint at Eastern Oklahoma, Godfrey helped lead Kilgore college to a 16-9 mark advancing to the Region 14 championship game.
From 2015-2017, Godfrey cut his teeth at Coastal Bend College where he was responsible for multiple aspects of the program including statistical analysis, film breakdown, and travel coordination.
ASSISTANT COACH ZACH BANKS
Banks begins his third seasons at Northwest Florida State in 2019-20. He began his coaching career as an assistant at Blackman High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he helped lead the team to the 2014-15 state championship title.
Banks transitioned to college basketball with two seasons at Motlow State, where he worked for Bart Walker in his second year. He then joined Walker at Northwest Florida State for the 2017-18 season.
ASSISTANT COACH TARA ARNOLD
Arnold enters her first season with the Raiders after one historic season at Wabash Valley. The Warriors won 32 consecutive games before falling in the NJCAA Elite Eight. The team led the nation in point per game (97.2), field goals made per game (38.4), rebound margin per game (23.2), and assists per game (22.9). It was also the first time the program had ever been ranked No. 1 in the nation.
Prior to her time at Wabash, Arnold served as the Director of Operations at Morehead State. The Eagles were a combined 42-21 over her two seasons and earned the program's first WNIT berth in 2017.
Arnold played collegiately at Western Kentucky before transferring to Morehead, where she played two seasons. Arnold finished her career at Lindsey Wilson (Ky.). En route to earning her bachelor's in communications, Arnold was named Academic All-Mid South Conference. She earned her master's in media and branding from Western Kentucky in 2016.
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