Former Airline, LSU and Major League Baseball star Todd Walker has told The Times he has resigned from his position as Calvary Baptist Academy’s baseball coach after recently completed his third season as the Cavaliers’ coach.
“After long consideration, it is time for me to step down as head coach of Calvary Baptist baseball,” said Walker, a member of the College Baseball Hall of Fame and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame. “I couldn’t ask for a better environment to be a part of — the entire Calvary Baptist Athletic coaching staff, Mr. Fitzwater, Mr. Kruithof, the teachers, the facilities — but it is time for me to pursue other opportunities. I wish everyone involved at CBA the very best.”
Calvary lost in the state semifinals in Walker’s first year (2013). The Cavaliers were ousted in the first round in 2014 and the second round this past season to complete a 20-13 record.
“In three years, I am as much proud of our 64 wins as I am disappointed in our 35 losses, but I believe we maintained the high level of play that Mr. Johnny Booty and Mr. Rick Edmonds envisioned when they started CBA,” said Walker, who has taken a recent interest in flying. “I leave with pride.”
Said Calvary athletic director Mike Fitzwater: “Todd contributed a lot to what we do at Calvary over the past three years. He is a man of integrity and of his word. He did a great job mastering the obstacles he faced, like a lot of rainouts. We wish him the best in the future and we are proud to have had him for this period. He’s been a real credit to our program.”
Walker, 42, played 12 seasons in Major League Baseball and had 1,316 career hits. He was a lifetime .289 hitter and held the Boston Red Sox franchise record for postseason home runs for the 2003 playoffs.
Walker won a College World Series title with LSU in 1993.