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Tim Walton

 
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Tim Walton has established Florida softball as a national powerhouse as he enters his 14th year at the helm of the Gators squad.

In 2018, Florida became only the second SEC program to win four straight SEC Regular Season Championships and now holds a league leading eight titles, seven of which have come under Walton’s guidance.

With an incredible record of 722-149 (.829) at Florida, the five-time SEC Coach of the Year has led the Orange and Blue to 361 school records and numerous other SEC records, and his squads have earned various firsts for the Gator softball program. By the end of the 2008 season, the Gators had set the NCAA single-season record for wins (70) and the SEC single-season record (27). In 2018, the program set the NCAA record for walks (360) in a season.

In 2017, Walton and his staff earned their fifth NFCA Southeast Coaching Staff of the Year award and the team finished the season leading the nation in ERA (0.81) and fielding percentage (.985) for the second consecutive season.

With back-to-back national titles in 2014 and 2015, Walton’s Gators are one of only four teams to have achieved the feat in consecutive seasons.

The five time SEC Coach of the Year recipient has led his squads to 13 NCAA Regional appearances, 11 Super Regionals, nine Women’s College World Series berths, seven SEC Regular Season Championships and four SEC Tournament Championships. Since 2006, the Orange & Blue have appeared in a nation’s best five WCWS championship series appearances. That success led to a 2015 NFCA Division I National Coaching Staff of the Year award and five NFCA Southeast Region Coaching Staff of the Year selections.

Under Walton’s tutelage, Gator softball student-athletes have earned 40 NFCA All-American honors, 59 All-SEC honors, two USA Softball Player of the Year recipients, three Honda Award winners, 10 SEC Player & Pitcher of the Year honorees and one NFCA Freshman of the Year.

The Gators have not only excelled on the field but in the classroom as well under Walton. Since 2006, Florida student-athletes have achieved 17 CoSIDA Academic All-American honors, 117 appearances on the SEC Academic Honor Roll and 49 SEC Academic Honor Roll First-Year recipients.

Prior to arriving at Florida, he took Wichita State to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 where his team finished with a school single-season record 46 wins (46-18). After three seasons with the Shockers he amassed a record of 123-64.

Walton has been a part of national championship teams as a baseball player, an assistant softball coach and a head softball coach.

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