Cambridge’s Chad Walker leaves to coach in North Carolina

Cambridge Christian’s Chad Walker, who led the Lancers to a 2A region semifinal appearance last season, has left to become the coach at Christ School in Arden, N.C. 

Walker was introduced as the Greenies football coach last week. He takes over a program that won a state title last year. 

“I’m excited about the opportunity to not only embrace the winning tradition here and maintain that success, but also to try and raise the standard to an even higher level,” Walker said. “I’ve been blown away by the character and demeanor of everyone I’ve met and look forward to getting started.”

This will be Walker’s third head coaching job in as many years. 

In January of last year, Walker left Land O’ Lakes after two seasons to take over at Cambridge. He replaced Bob Dare, who was dismissed as a teacher and coach at Cambridge after 11 seasons.

The circumstances were difficult. A few players transferred to other schools and Walker did not have much time to get acclimated to his new players with spring practice canceled last season because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Nevertheless, the Lancers thrived under their new coach, going 9-2 and losing to eventual state semifinalist Seffner Christian 49-47 in the region semifinals. Both of Cambridge Christian’s losses this past season were against playoff teams and were decided by a combined six points.