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A native of Washington Court House, Ohio, Walters has a strong coaching background at the club, middle school, high school and university levels. During his 12-year stint at Washington Senior High School (1996-2007), Walters coach several state champions and over 30 All-Ohio performers. His teams earned seven district titles, numerous conference championships, two regional titles (1999 and 2001) and a state runner-up finish in 1999.
While serving as head coach at Cedarville University from 1988-1992, Walters instructed several All-Americans, including national triple jump champion and NAIA Hall of Famer Stephanie Sherman. During his years at Cedarville, Walters also played a role in coaching Olympian LaVonna Martin, the 100-meter silver medalist at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. Walters also worked with Deon Hemmings (while at Central State University), who went on to win the gold medal in the 400m hurdles at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
In his first season with Ohio State in 2009, Walters coached Patrick Woods to new heights in the decathlon. Under the Walters' tutelage, Woods won the Big Ten outdoor title in the decathlon and qualified for competition at the NCAA championships. Current Buckeyes Heath Nickles, Cody Marshall and Korbin Smith continue to make strides under his tutelage - Smith won the 2010 Big Ten outdoor title in the long jump, while Nickles placed in both the pole vault and decathlon at the conference championships.
Walters, still a competitive USATF Masters athlete, has won several national titles in the hurdles and has competed in three world championships. He set an American and world record in the 100m hurdles at UNLV in 2004 (13.49) and was the top U.S. Masters long jumper in 2005. Walters has also earned All-American honors in the pentathlon and the decathlon, winning the silver medal in each during the 2005 season.
A USA Track and Field level I and II certified coach, Walters lives in Washington Court House with his wife Alana. They have one daughter, Beth Walters Day. She and her husband, Ryan, are both school teachers.
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