Report: Florida Atlantic to promote Walters

Updated: April 27, 2006, 11:01 PM ET
Associated Press

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Florida Atlantic called a news conference for Friday to announce the school's new men's basketball coach.

Spokeswoman Katrina McCormick would not divulge the name of the coach, but the Palm Beach Post, citing anonymous sources, reported Thursday that assistant coach Rex Walters would be promoted to replace Matt Doherty.

Doherty left Florida Atlantic after one season Monday to accept the head job at Southern Methodist. Florida Atlantic was 15-13 last season.

Walters, who played in the NBA for seven years, spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Valparaiso before joining Doherty's staff.

Walters played at Kansas and was the 16th pick of the 1993 NBA draft by New Jersey. He also played for Philadelphia and Miami.

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