Release courtesy of Transylvania University
LEXINGTON, KY — Kyle Walton has
officially been named head coach of the Transylvania volleyball
program, the athletic department announced Friday.
Walton brings a wealth of experience to the program, including stints at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville. He has served various roles throughout his coaching tenure and takes over a 2013 team that earned at 23-12 record last season, while posting an 8-1 record in Heartland Collegiate Conference play.
Walton spent the previous two years as the technical director and volunteer assistant at UK, helping the Wildcats to their eighth-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance and two-straight Sweet 16 appearances along the way. While at UK, he was responsible for game film breakdown and preparation for upcoming matches.
Prior to his stay at UK, Walton served as an assistant coach at U of L where he was responsible for recruiting for a team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament, in addition to his duties of game footage breakdown and distribution.
Walton also spent time at Saint Louis University as an assistant coach responsible for student-athlete recruitment and player development. In his first two seasons at SLU, Walton helped the Billikens to back-to-back Atlantic Conference regular-season crowns and NCAA Tournament appearances. The team lead the league with 2.36 blocks per set average. In the summer of 2010, Walton served as an apprentice coach for the USA Volleyball program where he worked with nearly every age group.
In previous years, Walton gained experience working with Southern Illinois University and the University of Southern Indiana where he was responsible for recruiting, scouting reports and practice. He assisted in player development of setters, middle blockers and right-side hitters.
Walton earned a degree in sports management from Otterbein College in 2005, while also serving as a student assistant for the volleyball team. He is married to Lindsey Gray-Walton and the couple has one daughter, Berkley.