Softball Head Coach Kirk Walker Honored

April 10, 2001

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. - Oregon State University softball head coach Kirk Walker was selected as one of twelve coaches to form the USA Softball National Team Coaches Pool through the 2004 Olympic games, announced the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) on Tuesday.

Walker, currently in his seventh season as head coach at OSU is the Beavers' winningest coach with a 201-203-3 overall record. Under his direction, the Oregon State softball program has made a monumental turnaround. Last season he guided the Beavers to a 40-21-1 record and their second consecutive appearance in the NCAA tournament.

The Beavers have routinely beaten nationally ranked teams and have shown improvement every season since Walker's arrival. His teams have finished with 25-plus wins the past four seasons, marking the first time since the 1982-1985 seasons that the Beavers have accomplished the feat.

Walker has not only succeeded at the collegiate level, but also at the ASA Women's Major level.

During the summer, Walker has developed the latest dynasty in the ASA Women's Major Fast Pitch division. The California Commotion, which has been coached by Walker since 1996, won four consecutive ASA Women's Major Fastpitch National Championships from 1996-1999 and produced 31 ASA All-Americans.

Joining Walker on the coaching squad will be: Mike Candrea, Tucson, Ariz., Ken Eriksen,Tampa, Fla., Patti Gasso, Norman, Okla., Michele Gromacki, Fullerton, Calif., Karen Johns, Gainesville, Fla., Eugene Lenti, Chicago, Ill., Jay Miller, Columbia, Mo., Pat Murphy, Tuscaloosa, Ala., John Rittman, Palo Alto, Calif., Linda Wells, Tempe, Ariz., and Teresa Wilson, Seattle, Wash.

The twelve coaches will participate in the USA Softball National Team Camp, May 30-June 3rd in Chula Vista, Calif., and will be eligible for selection to such important coaching assignments as the 2001 U.S. Cup in Hawaii, 2001 Canada Cup in Vancouver, the 2002 ISF Women's World Championship in Canada, the 2003 Pan American Games in Santo Domingo and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.

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