University of Arizona football coach Mike Stoops has hired former Colorado safety Ryan Walters as secondary coach for the Wildcats.
Walters, who played in Boulder from 2004-2008, went to Tucson last summer as a defensive graduate assistant thanks in large part to his long relationship with coach Greg Brown.
Brown was the Buffs’ secondary coach from 2006 to 2009 and left Boulder to be co-defensive coordinator at Arizona last fall. He recommended Walters to Stoops. Brown has since returned to Boulder as defensive coordinator under new coach Jon Embree.
Walters will have to face his alma mater each year because Arizona and Colorado are about to become Pac-12 Conference South Division rivals. The first of those matchups will come Nov. 12 next season when Walters and the Wildcats come to Folsom Field.