ROCHESTER, Mich. – Oakland senior goalkeeper Zach Walker has been named the recipient of the prestigious 2018 Alfred G. Wilson Award announced by the Oakland University Board of Trustees. Established in 1965, the Alfred G. Wilson Award recognizes a male senior undergraduate who has given significant contributions as a scholar, leader and responsible citizen of the institution.
“This award means a great deal to me and my family and I am extremely humbled to be selected for the Alfred G. Wilson Award,” said Walker. “I am so grateful to receive this award because there are so many great people at Oakland that have received it before me and I hope I can live up to the legacy and the standards they set.”
Through his involvement in athletics, campus organizations and global outreach efforts, Walker has made a positive impact on the local community and the world. He’s served others by participating in mission trips to renovate a church in Belize, work at an orphanage in Guatemala and work at medical clinics in Panama.
“When you call on Zach, he always was there for his teammates despite having a lot on his plate doing work in the community and the athletics department coupled with preparing for medical school”, said head men’s soccer coach Eric Pogue. “He always found time for the team and was a great leader and captain for us. I could not think of a more deserving candidate than Zach and I know he will be a great representation of Oakland University, the athletic department and the men’s soccer program.”
Walker was named team captain starting in four games with eight appearances during the 2016 season recording his first career shutout against Dayton (9/24) while recording a career-high nine saves against Virginia Tech (8/28). He also was named to the 2016 Fall Horizon League Academic All-League Team.