Fresh off helping the Bruins to a National Championship in 2019, Kirk Walker begins his 20th season on the UCLA coaching staff in 2021 and his ninth year since returning to Westwood on Aug. 7, 2012. Walker, who was the head softball coach at Oregon State from 1995-2012, previously was a member of the Bruin staff from 1984-94. Walker returned to UCLA after spending nearly two decades at Oregon State. The all-time winningest coach in program history and the fifth-winningest in Oregon State history regardless of sport.
Career Highlights: 🏆 Assistant coach on the 2017 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team, which won gold at the WBSC Junior Women’s World Championship 🏆 Served as an assistant coach for the USA Elite Team for three summers 🏆 Head coach of the four-time USA Women’s Major National Champion California Commotion 🏆 Named the Most Valuable Pitcher in the summer of 2015 after winning his first National Championship as a player at the NAFA Men’s Masters 40 and over National Championships
A visible and vocal advocate for diversity and inclusion in sports across the country, he is one of the founders of the Equality Coaching Alliance and the LGBT Sports Coalition. Walker also serves as a founding board member for the non-profit Sports Equality Foundation along with being the chair of the UCLA Athlete Allies committee for UCLA Athletics.