San Jose State University Athletics and its multimedia rights holder, Spartan Sports Properties, announced today that Walker Team Real Estate is the newest University athletics partner beginning this football season.

Jackie Walker, of Walker Team Real Estate, already boasts a unique affiliation with Spartan Athletics. For 17 years, she served as women’s gymnastics head coach. Her daughter and business partner, Kelly, graduated from SJSU in 2003 and was a member of the cross country team.

Walker Team Real Estate’s brand-new partnership will garner visibility for the agency through numerous Spartan tie-ins, including hospitality, opportunities to interact with the coaching staff, Simpkins Stadium Center Gold Room access, marketing, and access to Spartan Sports Properties’ Day at the Game corporate partner event.

“We are thrilled to have Walker Real Estate on board, and strongly feel the partnership clearly highlights the commitment Walker Real Estate has to Spartan Athletics and the entire South Bay community. The real estate services they provide is uniquely authentic rooted in understanding the changing needs of current and potential clients,” says Jordan Friedman, General Manager of Spartan Sports Properties.

“Walker Team Real Estate is thrilled for this opportunity to connect with Spartan coaches, alumni and fans,” says Walker. “Obviously this athletics administration is near and dear to my heart, and we look forward to making this a mutually beneficial partnership.

Our goal is to offer our clients the best possible personal service, so buying or selling will be a pleasant experience, and in the same way, we pledge to offer our very best in our relationship with San Jose State.”

Walker and her family moved to California in 1977, when she was hired to initiate a women’s gymnastics program at Stanford University. Over the past 25 years, the Walkers have moved numerous times-buying and selling homes in Mountain View, Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Menlo Park and San Jose. These moves spurred an interest in real estate for Jackie. Her husband, Jerry, is a former San Jose State sports information director and public relations director for the San Francisco 49ers (1981-1993). He currently serves as president for Signature FUN-Raising, a company that supplies sports and entertainment memorabilia for charity events in the Bay Area and throughout the country.

In its more than 10 years, the Walker Team has overseen more than $100 million of real estate transactions. For additional information about Walker Team Real Estate, contact Jackie Walker at 408 603-7001, or Kelly Walker at 408 757-1866 Their Coldwell Banker office is located at 1045 Willow Street in San Jose.

Spartan Sports Properties is a property of Learfield Sports, which manages multimedia rights for more than 50 collegiate institutions and associations including Stanford, Fresno State and San Diego State in the state of California. It also titles the Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup and provides exclusive sports programming to more than 1,000 radio stations nationwide. Additionally, Learfield Sports’ programming is seen on more than 160 local television stations, cable systems and Regional Sports Networks.

Learfield Sports is an operating unit of Learfield Communications, Inc., which was founded in 1972. San Jose State University Athletics sponsors 16 NCAA Division intercollegiate sports. The Spartans are members of the Western Athletic Conference and Mountain Pacific Sports Federation. San Jose State has 10 NCAA team championships and 52 NCAA individual titles.