Walker to Lead Women's Softball in 2011-'12
Lady Rams Softball looks to Kristen Walker for resurgence of program in 2011-2012 season
Sports Information Department BC
July 28, 2011
Bluefield College Athletics
Sports Information Department
The Bluefield College Athletics Department is proud to announce the hiring of the new women’s softball head coach, Kristen Walker, on Monday in Bluefield.
Walker comes to Bluefield as the first ever full-time head coach in women’s softball program history. The program has had its leadership positions coupled with other positions in Athletics and at the college prior to Walker joining the Rams for the 2011 season.
She brings a great coaching and playing resume to Bluefield after a successful collegiate career at Covenant College in Georgia. Her high school and college careers speak volumes for her willingness and dedication to compete at the highest level. In 2005, she led her team to the TSSAA Division I Class AAA Softball State Championship; she was a four-year starter as second baseman for Covenant while making two NCCAA National Championship appearances in ’10 and ’11. Her squad nabbed the Mid-East Region Runner-Up in 2010 and Championship in 2011.
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Walker’s passion for the game of softball has open doors to allow her to coach in a variety of roles. In 2011, she served as the Student Assistant Coach at Covenant on their way to a national tournament berth. She has also coached at the Covenant College Elite Prospect Camp, Covenant Showcase Camp and Kim Patterson’s Softball Camp in Red Bank, Tennessee.
Giving her more experience and the opportunity to learn different cultures through the game of softball, Walker has traveled abroad to Central America with SCORE International. It is through experiences like that; she has broadened her love for the game of softball.
Not only has Coach Walker quickly gained early praise and recognition from her past coaches and players, but she has a wealth of experience in player and event management, coordinating plans for different sporting events and schedules, student-athlete admissions procedures and protocol and much more. Since 2008, she has worked in many roles including Intramurals Co-coordinator, Coordinator for Athletic Facility Operations, and the Athletics Admissions Assistant. With a unique diversity to her experience, the Rams Athletics Director Peter Dryer, is confident she’ll bring un upbeat approach to the softball program.
“Kristen will bring a lot of energy and excitement to the softball program. She has played and coached at a high level, and understands what it takes to win in this league. She is very committed to seeing her players develop – not only in-season – but all year-round. She will work hard towards providing an excellent athletic experience here at Bluefield College”, added Dryer.
Coach Walker will come in and be given a great opportunity to develop her players with several months ahead of the spring season. This will give her time to not only organize the program, but also get the players to a physical level conducive of the college game. Moreover, she will have time to jump right into the recruiting process for 2012.
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