Lange returns to Villanova as associate coach

Billy Lange, who served three seasons on the Villanova coaching staff from 2001-04, is returning to the program as associate head coach, the university announced Monday.

Lange, 39, spent last seven seasons as head coach at the United States Naval Academy.

Villanova assistant coach Chris Walker recently left the program for the associate coaching job at Texas Tech.

“Billy is a passionate and dedicated coach who played a substantial role in instilling the qualities that our staff values most during our early years here,” Wildcats coach Jay Wright said in a statement. “Now he returns with the added experience of having built his own program at the Division I level. His knowledge and passion will be a great boost to our young team. We are thrilled to welcome Billy, his wife Alicia and their family back to Villanova."

Walker, a 1992 Villanova graduate, served two seasons as an assistant coach in his second tour of duty as a Wildcat assistant.

“Chris is a proven coach who made a great impact on our staff,” Wright said. “He received an opportunity to advance his career and we couldn’t be happier for him. That is the aspiration we have for every member of our basketball family.”