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June Walker


Class of 1992 

Trenton State (now The College of New Jersey): 1974 - 1995

NFCA Feature article on Walker (Written 2008)

 

Biography:

In 22 years as head coach at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey- TCNJ), Georgia native June Walker compiled an amazing record of 721-154 (.824 winning percentage). Her winning percentage is second on the NCAA Division III all-time coaching list, with only St. Thomas' John Tschida higher (.850). 

Some of Dr. Walker's career highlights include: 65 All-Americans; 48 first team All-Americans; 16 consecutive national tournament berths, including 16 national semifinal berths. Under Walker's reign at TCNJ, the Lions also produced 14 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans and seven Division III National Player of the Year awards. 

Walker molded TCNJ into the most powerful Division III softball program during her tenure with a total of five NCAA Division III national championships (1983, 1987, 1989, 1992 and 1994). Her program was the first to win a national championship at her institution. 

Walker's success also was recognized by her peers, who named her Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year six times. She was named Division III National Coach of the Year four times (1987, 1991, 1992 and 1995), and was inducted into the NFCA Hall of Fame in 1992. TCNJ inducted her into its hall of fame in 1996.

Walker received her undergraduate degree from Georgia and a master's and Ph.D. from the University of Texas. She died Oct. 27, 2001, at her home in Cuthbert, Georgia, after a battle with Parkinson's disease. Her death came just one day shy of her 68th birthday.