In 2004, Walter Abercrombie was named the Associate AD of the Baylor “B” Association, the school’s 4500 member letterwinners’ organization. Under Abercrombie’s leadership, the “B” Association has increased its membership by 50%, its support programs by 70%, and its endowments and financial contributions by an impressive 400%. He has established strategic partnerships with University departments and community groups and has successfully implemented strategies to increase minority and female membership. In 2006, Abercrombie received Baylor’s Distinguished Black Alumni Award.
Prior to his time with the “B” Association, Abercrombie was the first to receive the NFL Fellowship in Athletics Administration in 1995 and began working with the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA). As the AFCA Director of Education and Special Projects, Walter oversaw the professional development program for the organization’s 11,000 members and assisted Executive Director Grant Teaff with developing policy for a number of major issues.
Abercrombie began his athletic administration career at Baylor University in 1992 serving as Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services. During his first tenure at Baylor, the institution received national recognition and numerous awards for the academic achievements of its student athletes, and consistently ranked first in the Southwest Conference in student-athlete graduation rates.
In the 1982 NFL draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers chose Abercrombie as their number one draft pick. He is one of the top ten leading rushers in Steelers history. Walter played eight seasons in the NFL (Pittsburgh Steelers, 6 years; Philadelphia Eagles, 2 years).
A Waco native, Abercrombie stayed and attended Baylor where he became a four-year starter for the Bears football team, helping to lead them to the 1980 Southwest Conference championship and two post-season bowl appearances. He graduated in 1982 and later earned his master’s degree at Baylor in 1992.
Abercrombie and his wife Kim have four children; Wesley, Warren, Ryann, and Peyton.