USC Salkehatchie Athletics

Welcome Back Rick Walrond

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Coach Walrond (Center) pictured with former players Claude Terry left and Brian Johnson(Right) Photo by: Jeff Musgrave

Coach Rick Walrond came to USC Salkehatchie in 1988 to start an intercollegiate basketball program right here in Walterboro. Over his 8 seasons he amassed 115 victories, and is the all-time winningest coach at USC Salkehatchie.

The Indians, under Walrond’s leadership the Salk program recruited players from not only South Carolina but out-of-state and internationally. During his tenure at Salk, 28 players moved on to four-year institutions to continue their educational and athletic careers. On the court the Indians were known for hard work and exciting play. The program enjoyed great success with wins over such nationally recognized programs as Anderson, Brevard, Brunswick, and South Georgia College.

A Virginia native, Walrond played at Lees McRae Junior College in NC where he earned All- Region 10 honors. Attending junior college, Walrond understood the importance of a smooth transition from high school to college. Following Lees McRae, Walrond attended Methodist College where in 1975 he earned his B.A. degree in history and physical education. He played professional basketball in Sweden following graduation. He earned his Master’s Degree from USC. Following his first year of grad school, he returned to Sweden to both play and coach professional basketball again. It was there that he met his wife, Heleana.

After leaving Salk in 1996, he was at Stetson University as an assistant coach and then an assistant coach at Bethune-Cookman University for 7 years. He was selected to be the head coach for a professional team in China where he coached for two seasons. He returned to the US to work for the Michael Jordan Flight School where he still works running camps in Central and South America. He also is the founder and the director of Fundamental Basketball Academy in Daytona, Florida where he and his wife live with daughter, Signe.

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