Former LMU baseball standout Scott Walter enters his third season as an assistant coach for the program. Walter returned to the bluff after a professional career and two seasons coaching his other alma mater, Loyola High School. Walter works primarily with the hitters and catchers, and serves as the team's third base coach.
A catcher himself, Walter put together one of the best careers in LMU baseball history. He led LMU to three straight West Coast Conference titles in his three years as a starter, including LMU's last in 2000. 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, Walter had three WCC titles to his name, and was a Collegiate Baseball All-American.
Walter 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 six 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.
Walter was drafted after his junior season in the third round of the 2000 Major League Baseball Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He went on to play six professional seasons in the Royals organization, twice earning All-Star honors, including 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, finishing 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. 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 from 1993-96.
With younger brother Tim currently at Colorado State playing football, it made it four collegiate student-athletes in four different sports for Jim Walter and his sons.
Walter currently resides in his hometown of Manhattan Beach, Calif.