Jim Walker – Head Softball Coach
Jim Walker is in his third season at the helm of the Franciscan softball team. Walker came to Franciscan in the fall of 2014 after serving as the head coach of NCAA Division II Wheeling Jesuit University. Before taking over at Wheeling Jesuit, he was a long-time associate head coach at Carlow University, where he was also the recruiting coordinator for the program.
In the last two years, seven Lady Barons have been selected as NFCA Scholar-Athletes, including five following the 2016 season.
Under Walker’s direction, the Lady Barons earned their first AMCC all-conference honoree following the 2015 season.
In addition to his collegiate coaching responsibilities, Walker is an assistant coach with the Pennsylvania Rebellion in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) league. Walker also works with USA Preps as an on-field instructor at recruiting camps. He is also a USA Select Softball on-field trainer and evaluator for Team USA.
Along with his coaching duties at Franciscan, Walker serves as the compliance officer and facilities coordinator.
Walker resides in Follansbee, WV and is the father of two daughters, Caitlin and Courtney.