NEWARK, Del. – They say the relationships that you develop in college and through sports will be ones that will last a lifetime.


That’s exactly what the University of Delaware swimming & diving coaching staff will exhibit as head coach Pablo Marmolejo announced the addition of his former teammate Michael Walker to the Blue Hens.


“Michael is an energetic, passionate and knowledgeable coach. We come from the same coaching tree, and he shares my vision of this program. We have worked together in the past, and his work ethic, drive, and enthusiasm are contagious. He will have an instant impact on our program and student-athletes,” Marmolejo said. “He has coached alongside the best coaches in our sport, and his personal and professional experience will be a great asset in every aspect of our program.”


Walker comes to Newark after spending the past two years as the head coach of the Fairmont Area Swim Team in Fairmont, W. Va., while also serving as an assistant at Fairmont State University at the time.


While at FAST, Walker oversaw the entire operations of the club, developing season plans, work outs, meets and much more.


“I'm extremely excited about becoming a Blue Hen. This is an amazing opportunity to start my Division I coaching career. Coach Marmolejo and I have built a great relationship through swimming and working together at WVU and The Bolles School,” Walker said. “The cohesion we've built will show on the pool deck. I'm looking forward to being an integral part of this team as we achieve new milestones. With Coach Marmolejo's leadership, I know that UD swimming and diving has a bright future.”


Walker also spent a year as the National Team Coach of the Guatemalan Swimming Federation, where he was personally in charge of Olympian Gisela Morales’ training program. He served as the head coach for the Guatemalan team during the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2015 FINA World Championships.


In addition, he spent four years as an assistant coach at The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Fla.


As a student-athlete at West Virginia, Walker was a team captain and member of the 2007 Big East Championship team, alongside Marmolejo. Walker was the Big East Champion in the 200 backstroke (2008) and 400 IM (2009). He was an All-American in 2009 and a 2008 Olympic Trial Qualifier in the 200 breast, 200 IM and 400 IM.


He graduated from WVU in 2009 with a B.S. in Sport and Exercise Psychology.