by:   7/7/2017

St. Mary's Ryken (SMR) is pleased to announce the hiring of Walter Booth, Jr. as Head Boys Basketball Coach.

A Maryland native, Booth developed his coaching style through experiences at the high school, club, and collegiate levels. Booth comes to SMR from St. Mary's College of Maryland where he was the first ever full-time assistant coach for the Seahawks men's basketball team. Booth also served as the Assistant Director of Game Operations at St. Mary's College. Additionally, Booth serves as the co-director and head coach for the U17 District Basketball Club, one of the best AAU programs in the Washington, D.C. metro area. Now in his third year of the program, he has helped build the organization into one of the best in the country.

He was the varsity associate head boys' basketball at both Bowie High School (2013-15) and Takoma Academy (2012-13).

"We are very pleased to have Coach Booth join the St. Mary's Ryken community and lead the boys basketball program," said Athletic Director B.J. Pumroy. "His experience at the collegiate, high school and club levels will help keep our Knights as top competitors for the WCAC title."

Booth spent four seasons at his alma mater, North Carolina A&T State University, as an assistant coach for the men's basketball program. He was responsible for scouting opponents, game planning and recruiting. Booth signed 12 players during his tenure, including the Class of 2010 being named the best recruiting class in the Mid-Eastern Atlantic Conference by ESPN.

"With Coach Booth's proven success on the court and experience with the academic rigor at a Maryland Honor's college, he is an ideal candidate," said Principal Rick Wood. "Walt is committed to the success of the program and maintaing a roster of players who are exceptional student-athletes."

While in college at North Carolina A&T, Booth played for then coach Jerry Eaves and was a team captain. In his junior and senior years, he led the team in assists, scored in the double figures 10 times and led North Carolina A&T
in assists 17 times in 105 games played. Overall, he earned 413 points, 155 assists, 282 rebounds and averaged 18.8 minutes during his career.

He made the MEAC Commissioner's All-Academic Team as a junior, and attended North Carolina A&T on an academic scholarship. Booth graduated from North Carolina A&T in 2007 with a B.S. in business management.