Brandon Walker joins LCU baseball coaching staff
LUBBOCK, TEXAS (July 14, 2022) – Lubbock Christian University Baseball Head Coach Nathan Blackwood named Brandon Walker the program’s hitting coach. Walker succeeds Hector Limon, who announced his retirement from coaching after three seasons with the Chaparrals coaching staff.
“We are delighted to announce Brandon Walker as the new batting coach,” Blackwood said. “Coach Walker will bring excellent energy and expertise as he comes with previous experience as both a head coach at the high school level and as an assistant coach at the college and high school levels. Over the past four years I have had the opportunity to observe Coach Walker very closely and have been impressed with his passion for the game and his ability to teach and motivate young men as they grow. they evolve in the game of baseball. His playing experience under Chad Reynolds at Frenship, and collegially under LCU alum Steve Coleman at Hardin-Simmons, who are two men highly respected by our program, will also prove invaluable as he returns to coach at the level. college. ”
Walker is a native of Lubbock, Texas who was a product of Frenship High School before playing Hardin-Simmons in Abilene, Texas from 2013-2016.
A career .298 hitter at HSU, Walker earned first-team all-conference honors in 2014 after hitting .344 with a conference-leading 40 RBI. After earning a degree in sports science, Walker served as an assistant coach at Lubbock High School. Walker rose to the college coaching ranks in 2018, as an assistant coach at Trinidad State (Col.). The Trojans finished a 47-12 season and held an NJCAA No. 10 national ranking during Walker’s time there. Previously, he served as the head coach of Lubbock Christian High School for the previous four seasons. The Eagles completed a trio of playoff appearances (the 2020 season didn’t have a postseason due to COVID), including a trip to the TAPPS State Tournament in 2019 (the Eagles were half- state finalists). Walker won District Coach of the Year accolades in 2019.
Limon joined the Chaparrals coaching staff ahead of the 2020 season after a high school coaching career dating back to his first head coaching appointment in 1995 at Levelland High School.
The LCU Hall of Honor member (inducted in 1998 individually and in 2013 as part of the 1983 NAIA National Championship team induction) helped the LCU improve their batting team by .241 (during of its first season) to 0.301 in 2020 and 0.332 this season. LCU, which led the Lone Star Conference in home runs in 2021 (72) and ranked second in LSC last season (74), also advanced its win total over the three-season span by 7 at 23 to 34.
“Coach Limon will be greatly missed,” said Blackwood, as he reflected on Limon’s tenure on the LCU coaching staff. “What he accomplished on the field in a relatively short time with the hitters was remarkable, but more importantly, his dedication to excellence, his loyalty and his day-to-day friendship will be missed the most. Coach Limon is a great man of character, and we cannot thank him enough for his servant-like attitude as he returned to work for his alma mater.”