Tim Walton (softball)

Last updated
Tim Walton
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Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Florida
Conference SEC
Record926–223 (.806)
Biographical details
Born (1972-08-06) August 6, 1972 (age 50)
Cerritos, California
Playing career
Baseball
1992–1993 Cerritos
1994–1995 Oklahoma
Position(s) Pitcher
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1999–2002 Oklahoma (asst.)
2003–2005 Wichita State
2006–present Florida
2010–2011 USSSA Pride
Head coaching record
Overall1011–265 (.792)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
Women's College World Series (2014, 2015)

11x NCAA Super Regional (2008-2011, 2013-2015, 2017-2019, 2022)

14x NCAA Regional (2007-2011, 2013-2019, 2021-2022)

SEC tournament (2008, 2009, 2013, 2018, 2019)

Contents

SEC Regular Season (2008, 2009, 2013, 2015-2018, 2021)

5x SEC Eastern Division (2008-2011, 2013)

Awards
SEC Coach of the Year (2008, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2017)

NFCA Southeast Regional Coaching Staff of the Year (2019)

Timothy Ian Walton (born August 6, 1972) is an American college softball coach and a former college and professional baseball player. Walton is currently the head coach of the Florida Gators softball team of the University of Florida.

He has a 839-182 (.822) record at Florida. He is a five-time SEC Coach of the Year and helped the Gators set the SEC single-season record wins at 27 and NCAA single-season record wins at 70 in 2008. Ten years later, he helped them set the NCAA record for the most walks at 360 that season.

Walton has led the Gators to 8 SEC regular season championships, 5 SEC championships, 14 Regional appearances, 12 Super Regional appearances, and 10 Women's College World Series appearances with back-to-back Women's College World Series Championships in 2014 and 2015. With that success, he and his coaching staff won the 2015 NFCA Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year and are five time NFCA Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year Selections. Walton has been able to breed 43 NFCA All-American honors, 62 All-SEC honors, 2 USA Softball Player of the Year recipients, 3 Honda Award winners, 10 SEC Player and Pitcher of the Year honorees, and one NFCA Freshman of the Year. Players under Coach Walton have excelled off the field with 18 CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, 127 appearances in the SEC Honor Roll, and 55 SEC Academic Honor Roll First-Year recipients.

Walton graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a degree in history. He played professional baseball with the Philadelphia Phillies from 1995 to 1997. He is married and has two sons and a daughter. [1]

Playing career

Walton first attended Cerritos College in his hometown of Cerritos, California, where he played for the Cerritos Falcons baseball team in 1992 and 1993. After his sophomore year, he transferred to the University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, where he was a two-year letter-winner for the Oklahoma Sooners baseball team in 1994 and 1995. As a Sooner baseball player, Walton participated in two consecutive College World Series, earning a win in the Sooners' 13–5 victory over the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets in the 1994 College World Series championship game. He graduated from the university with his bachelor's degree in history in 1996.

After college, he played with the Philadelphia Phillies minor league organization for two seasons. [2]

Coaching career

Walton was an assistant coach for the Oklahoma Sooners softball team of his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma, for four seasons from 1999 to 2002. He accepted the head coaching position for the Wichita State Shockers softball team at Wichita State University after the 2002 season, and tallied a three-season win–loss record of 123–64 from 2003 to 2005.

After taking over the Florida Gators softball program in 2006, Walton has compiled an overall win–loss record of 331–80 (.805) as the Gators' head coach. [3] All six of his Gators teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In both 2008 and 2009, the Gators won the Southeastern Conference championship and the SEC tournament title. Since 2008, eight of his ten Gators teams have advanced to the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City, with his 2014 and 2015 teams winning the NCAA championship.

Personal

Walton is married to the former Samantha Rhoten, who played basketball at Oral Roberts University. The Waltons have two sons and a daughter. [3]

Head coaching record

Statistics overview
SeasonTeamOverallConferenceStandingPostseason
Wichita State Shockers (Missouri Valley Conference)(2003–2005)
2003 Wichita State 39–2016–93rd
2004 Wichita State 38–2615–125th
2005 Wichita State 46–1822–42nd NCAA Regional
Wichita State:123–64 (.658)53–25 (.679)
Florida Gators (Southeastern Conference)(2006–Present)
2006 Florida 43–2517–133rd (East) NCAA Regional
2007 Florida 50–2217–112nd (East) NCAA Super Regional
2008 Florida 70–527–11st (East) Women's College World Series
2009 Florida 63–526–11st (East) Women's College World Series (Runner-Up)
2010 Florida 49–1020–41st (East) Women's College World Series
2011 Florida 56–1321–71st (East) Women's College World Series (Runner-Up)
2012 Florida 48–1321–72nd (East) NCAA Regional
2013 Florida 58–918–61st (East) Women's College World Series
2014 Florida 55–1215–94th Women's College World Series Champions
2015 Florida 60–718–51st Women's College World Series Champions
2016 Florida 56–720–41st NCAA Super Regional
2017 Florida 58–1020–31st Women's College World Series (Runner-Up)
2018 Florida 56–1120–41st Women's College World Series
2019 Florida 49–1812–12T–6th Women's College World Series
2020 Florida 23–4 [lower-alpha 1] 3–0Postseason not held
2021 Florida 45–1119–5T–1st NCAA Super Regional
2022 Florida 49–1913–11T–4th Women's College World Series
2023 Florida 38–2211–138th Palo Alto Regional
Florida:926–223 (.806)318–116 (.733)
Total:1049–287 (.785)

      National champion        Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion        Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion      Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

  1. The season was not played past March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.

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References

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  2. "Tim Walton". baseball-reference. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
  3. 1 2 GatorZone.com, Softball, Coaching & Support Staff, Tim Walton. Retrieved June 8, 2011.