Drew Walker Named Ringgold’s New Head Baseball Coach


Ringgold, GA (WDEF-TV) Ringgold high school didn’t have to go far to find their new head baseball coach.

On Wednesday, the Tigers named assistant Drew Walker as their new head coach, replacing Brent Tucker, who announced his resignation earlier this week. Besides coaching the Tigers, Walker was also a stand-out player for Ringgold.

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Said Walker:”Since I was two-years-old, I picked up that baseball bat, and I wanted to be a Ringgold Tiger. That’s all I knew. To look up at that time to Coach (Bill) Womack. To come through here and play for Coach (Eric) Beagles. Play for Coach Tucker, and then be able to coach for Coach Tucker, and then to finally be in this head position is very surreal and humbling because that’s all I ever wanted to do.”

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Rick Nyman grew up in Anniston, Alabama and attended the University of Alabama. His television career started at WJSU-TV in Anniston where he had the opportunity to cover SEC football with Alabama and Auburn. Anniston is just 20 minutes from the Talladega Speedway, so NASCAR was a big part of his sports coverage. Due to this he was able to interview Davey Allison, Dale Earnhardt, Jeff Gordon, and several other top-name NASCAR drivers. Rick's next television job was in Savannah, Georgia, where he covered basketball player Kwame Brown (now with the Washington Wizards), who later became the first ever high school player selected as the top pick in the NBA draft. He covered the PGA Tour's annual swing thru Hilton Head and also had the opportunity of covering the Atlanta Falcons Super Bowl appearance in 1999 in Miami. Rick especially enjoys all the atmosphere, tradition and drama of college football. He also likes profiling sports personalities and learning what drives them both on and off the field. If he's not covering sports, he's either watching Seinfield or David Letterman, playing golf, reading, or working out. What he enjoys about Chattanooga is the passion people have for sports. The mountainous region of Chattanooga reminds him of his hometown of Anniston, which also has big, beautiful trees and plenty of hills. You can contact Rick at rnyman@wdef.com.