Claremore Daily Progress

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July 9, 2013

Butler adds Walker, Gurss to Wichita State baseball coaching staff

WICHITA, Kan. — Wichita State head baseball coach Todd Butler has announced that Brian Walker and Scott Gurss will be joining the Shocker baseball staff. Walker will be Butler’s second assistant coach and Gurss will be the Director of Operations.

“We are excited to come to a conclusion with our Shocker coaching staff,” Butler said. “Brian Walker will bring vast knowledge to the Shocker baseball program.   As a player and coach in college with one trip to Omaha (2012) and the Anaheim Angels organization AAA experience at the professional level, he has played and coached at the highest levels.  While coaching Brian as a player and coaching alongside him daily, I know that he understands the system which we will bring to our Shocker players.  Brian is a fantastic coach and person on and off the field.  I do know that Brian is excited to develop and build our Shocker players to great heights and that he understands the demands and work load involved carrying on the great rich tradition of Wichita State Shocker baseball.  We are excited and welcome Brian, McKenzi,  Joseph, and Claire (twins age 4) to become a huge piece of the puzzle of success for our Shocker family.”

"I am excited about how Coach Butler approached rounding out his team with Brian and Scott,” Eric Sexton, Director of Athletics said.  “They are quality individuals who bring a great understanding of what it takes to recruit and develop Division I players.  Along with Brent Kemnitz, we now have a team built for success and ready to begin the next great era of Shocker Baseball."

Walker just finished his third season on the Arkansas coaching staff and his second season as the volunteer assistant. He spent five seasons with Butler at Arkansas. His responsibilities at WSU will include recruiting, hitting, catching, assisting with pitching and coaching third base.

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