Sergio Gonzalez and Benji Walton will join the IUWS staff this week
Walton comes to the IU staff from Birmingham-Southern College in Alabama, where he has been the head coach for the last six seasons. During his tenure, he has led the program through the transition from NCAA Division I to NCAA Division III. During his tenure, he has posted a record of 69-38-5, becoming the all-time leader in wins at BSC, and won at least 10 games in each season. The 2012 season saw BSC capture the Southern Collegiate Athletic Association (SCAC) regular season co-championship.
"It's an honor to become a member of an athletic department with such great tradition as Indiana University and to compete in a tough conference like the Big Ten," Walton said. "I am grateful for my time at Birmingham-Southern College and the support I received, both from my players and the great people on that campus. Now, I'm eager to get to Bloomington, see what this group of ladies is all about and work with a staff that is dedicated to bringing Indiana Women's Soccer back into contention in the Big Ten."
He has coached or recruited four NSCAA All-Region players and five NSCAA Scholar All-Region players, including two that went on to be named NSCAA Scholar All-Americans.
"During my senior year at Georgia, Benji joined the staff there as a volunteer assistant coach and I was able to see what a first-rate coach he was going to be," said Berbary about Walton. "He knows the game inside and out and is able to draw the most out of players during training sessions. He has recruited high-level players everywhere he has been and I know that will only continue here at Indiana."
Before his time at BSC, Walton was the head coach at Limestone College for four seasons where he turned the program around at the Division II level. After posting a total of 11 wins his first two seasons, he went 17-16-5 over his last two years and had a pair of fifth place finishes in the Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference.
A native of Lawrenceville, Ga., Walton also a volunteer assistant coach at the University of Georgia for three seasons (2002-03) while earning a Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Sports Administration.
His playing career at Reinhardt College (1997-2001) saw him lead the team to the NJCAA National Championship game as sophomore, with a 21-1-1 record. His senior year he was second team all-conference and was named NCCAA All-America Honorable Mention. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from Reinhardt College in Business Administration.