Tim Walton recently finished his 13th season as Florida softball coach, and he isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.
On Wednesday, Florida announced that Walton has signed a 10-year contract extension to remain with the Gators. Walton has led Florida to a 711-148 record and two national championships.
“We are so happy that Tim Walton is the head softball coach of the Florida Gators,” Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin said in a news release. “Anytime you have someone who does a phenomenal job you want them to know they are valued and appreciated, and that the commitment is going to be there for a long time. I think it’s good for the University of Florida for Tim Walton to be our softball coach for as long as he wants to be.”
Walton led the Gators to a 56-11 record this season, making the Women’s College World Series for the ninth time in his 13-year tenure. Since his arrival in 2006, no program has reached the WCWS or the championship series more times than Florida.
The Gators’ season ended with 2-0 loss to Oklahoma in the WCWS quarterfinals on Saturday night.
Walton has won five SEC Coach of the Year awards during his career.
“I was told before I came here that if you win at the University of Florida, it’s the greatest place to live and work. In 13 years, we’ve demonstrated a track record here for competing for championships and treating our student-athletes and staff in a first-class manner, and now I’m being taken care of for working my tail off and building this program the right way,” Walton said in a news release.
“This sends a message to every recruit, to our players, to our alumni, to my family — and a statement to the softball community, as well — that we are Gators and we are going to be Gators for a long, long time. We’re thrilled to be here, thankful for the commitment, and ready to put our head down and keep on working.”