Walker competed in Iowa for one season as a graduate before joining the professional ranks.
Former Iowa football forward Alyssa Walker will leave Iowa’s cornfield and move to a town near the Baltic Sea to extend her playing career.
Walker signed a one-year contract with IFK Kalmar in south-eastern Sweden to play football professionally. She and the club officially signed an agreement during Thanksgiving week.
“I did not expect it to come so quickly,” Walker said of his professional contract. “I thought I would need to have many more conversations with many different coaches and stuff like that and thought it would be harder for me to get into the professional playing field, and it was not.”
Walker will start his career with IFK Kalmar in January. The club will play its first match for the 2022 season in March.
Shortly after Iowa lost to the Rutgers in the Big Ten Tournament Semifinals on November 4, Walker began looking for his next game opportunity.
Walker’s mother created a highlight roll to distribute to professional football clubs. Iowa head coach Dave DiIanni and former Richmond associate coach Mika Elovaara helped Walker find potential suitors.
Elovaara recruited Walker to Richmond and coached her there. Walker moved to Iowa after the 2021 season.
In the end, Walker did not choose IFK Kalmar because her coach pushed her against the club. Rather, Walker chose to sign with the club because her high school friend, goalkeeper Aubrei Corder, went to IFK Kalmar last season. Corder played at the University of Nebraska 2016-19.
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IFK Kalmar was impressed by Walker’s film, together with her speed and agility figures. After a couple of 30-minute conversations with IFK Kalmar’s sports director and head coach, Walker was offered a contract.
“I’m very grateful for Hawkey’s football program, the coaches, the school, my teammates because none of this would have been possible without any of them,” said Walker. “So, it’s definitely a blessing to come to Iowa and end my collegiate career.”
Elovaara said he is confident Walker will succeed in the professional game because she is fast and prepares tirelessly.
“She has the right kind of mentality, but she is also very committed to getting better outside of team training,” said Elovaara. “So I would say that because of the physical abilities she already has and because she’s committed to developing her game, whether it’s quitting or getting stronger or getting fitter, I think it’s a combination of those. two.”
When Walker moved to Iowa, DiIanni said she had two goals: to get better and to become a pro. Eventually, Walker reached both of the benchmarks she set for herself.
DiIanni believes Walker is the sixth professional player in Iowa’s football history to play professionally. Cloé Lacasse is the only other former Hawkeye on an active professional football list as of Sunday.
“I think Alyssa has just been a wonderful addition to our program,” said DiIanni. “I think she gave us as much as we gave her from experience and we always look at her as a Hawkeye.”