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Walter Returns to Baseball Program as Assistant Coach

Oct. 8, 2007

LOS ANGELES - Former LMU baseball standout Scott Walter (1998-00) will once again put on the Lion uniform, as Walter will serve as an assistant coach for the program, Head Coach Frank Cruz announced. Walter returns to the bluff after a professional career and two seasons coaching his other alma mater, Loyola High School.

Now with the Lions, Walter will work primarily with the pitchers and catchers.

A catcher himself, Walter put together one of the best careers in LMU baseball history. Walter led LMU to three straight West Coast Conference titles in his three years as a starter. As a freshman, he was named the WCC Co-Freshman of the Year, the WCC Player of the Year, and a first-team Freshman All-American. By the year 2000, he had three WCC titles to his name and was a Collegiate Baseball All-American.

He was a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award as a junior, an honor presented to the nation's top catcher. He was also an all-star in the Cape Cod Summer League, considered the most prestigious collegiate summer destination.

A career .356 hitter, Walter still ranks in the top-10 in the LMU record book in seven offensive categories, including third in home runs with 36. What makes those rankings even more remarkable is the fact that Walter accumulated the numbers in just three seasons of play.

He was drafted after his junior season in the third round of the 2000 MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He went on to play six professional seasons for the Royals, twice earning all-star honors: in the Midwest League in 2001 and the Carolina League in 2003.

Following his professional career, Walter returned to Loyola High School as a coach in the baseball and soccer programs, helping both to CIF Southern Section Championship games. His 2007 baseball squad won the Division III title. He also returned to the Cape Cod League as an assistant coach with the Orleans Cardinals.

While coaching at Loyola High School, Walter returned to the classroom at LMU and finished his degree in business administration with an emphasis in marketing in May of 2007.

Walter's ties to the Lions go even beyond his own playing days, however. He is the grandson of LMU Athletics Hall of Famer Hugh Boyle (Class of 1943), who was inducted in 1989 for his contributions to Loyola baseball and basketball. His father, Jim Walter (1967-71) played basketball for the Lions, along with uncles Bernie Boyle (basketball, baseball) and Tom Boyle (basketball). His older brother, Chris, also played soccer at LMU.

With younger brother Tim at currently Colorado State playing football, it made it four collegiate student-athletes in four different sports for Jim Walter and his sons.

Assistant Coach Scott Walter and the Lions open the 2008 season at Sacramento State February 22-24.