University of Florida coach heads down under

University of Florida coach heads down under

Tim Walton – Head Softball Coach – University of Florida (Florida Gators)

Softball Australia is excited to confirm that Tim Walton, a successful and highly respected US College Softball Head Coach is visiting Australia and will be visiting Australia next week at the Blacktown International Sports Complex. A summary of Tim’s coaching career is given below.

Coaching Career

Walton was an assistant softball coach for his alma mater, the University of Oklahoma Sooners, 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 608–128 (.823).  As the Gators’ head coach all 11 of his Gators teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament. In both 2008, 2009 and 2013, the Gators won the Southeastern Conference championship and the SEC tournament title. Since 2008 seven of his nine Gators teams have advanced to the Women’s College World Series in Oklahoma City, with two of those teams (2014 and 2015) winning the national title.

The purpose of Tim’s trip to Australia is to meet and work with the newly appointed National head coach (Fabian Barlow) and High Performance Manager (Andy Utting) to review development opportunities for coaches here and overseas.

Tim is a quality person who has built a successful US college program on a solid cultural foundation and his primary focus has been the development of the athlete to their fullest potential on and off the diamond. Tim brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Australia that we hope to tap into as we develop our High Performance program in 2017 and beyond.

Softball Australia CEO

Chet Gray