On March 12th we lost a great personal friend and a friend to the sport. Board member, father, husband, son, brother, friend Cedric Walker left this world the day after returning home to Rochester from the New Balance Nationals Indoors.. He will be sorely missed. No one was more active nor gave so much to the sport and to the people fortunate enough to be associated with him.
Cedric was an integral part of the NSAF for over 20 years. He was a visionary who made things happen almost magically. When you thought of something that needed to be done or created, he had already done it. He knew everyone in the sport, he never forgot a face, a name or a phone number. He cared about every athlete he met, coached or simply had a conversation with. He inspired and changed lives like no one we have ever known.
Cedric was our connection to the outside track world. If a
contact had to be made, either domestically or internationally, Cedric would
make it. He knew everyone!
He was a great coach and, especially, a great relay coach. Rochester, NY doesn't see warm weather until sometime in June. Yet Cedric coached Franklin HS of Rochester to a 40.73 Penn Relays win, almost unthinkable for a cold weather team. He's also responsible for some great performances and world records at many World Junior and other international meets. Most memorable for us is World Juniors in Grosetto, Italy in 2004.
Cedric was passionate about what the NSAF does and was our main advocate. He was the unofficial godfather to the kids on the CSI teams we took to Puerto Rico each year. And it wasn't a one time thing; he stayed in contact with them through college and beyond.
He is irreplaceable and we can't imagine what life will be without him. Cedric Walker was bigger than life.
Cedric Walker was a member of the NSAF Board until his death in March, 2013. His contributions to the Board and the NSAF in general were immeasurable. Walker was the Head Coach of the Flower City Track Club in Rochester, NY, a club he founded in 1985. His club athletes represented the United States on our Olympic, World Outdoor, World Indoor, World Cup, Pan-Am Games, Pan-Am Juniors and World Juniors teams and he developed 121 All-Americans (NCAA, NJCAA & HS).
Walker was a member of the USATF Women’s Sprint Committee. His national assignments included, Management Assistant, 2004 Olympic Games, Assistant Coach, USATF Team, World University Games (1993), Head Manager, USATF World Jr. Team, Annecey, France (1998), Assistant Coach, USATF Jr. World Team, Kingston, Jamaica (2002), Assistant Coach, USATF World Team, Paris, France (2003), Assistant Coach USATF Indoor World Championship Team, Hungary (2004), Head Relays Coach 2004 National Junior Team, Groseto, Italy, Assistant Manager, World Team, Helsinki (2005), Assistant Manager, World Team, Moscow (2006) and Head Manager, Pan American Juniors (2012).
He also served as Assistant Coach Western Region, Empire State Games, Indoor/Outdoor Coach, Benjamin Franklin HS, Rochester, NY. From 1994-2000 he was the Track & Field Chairman, USATF Niagara Association, President of the Niagara Association- ’96-2000, and a member of the Board of directors of US Women’s Track Coaches Association ’96-‘98. In 2002 Coach Walker was elected to the Board of the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation.