Travis Walden enters his second season at Texas Tech as the pitching coach and also serves the team as the second recruiter.
In his first year with the Red Raiders, he made a noticeable improvement on the staff that helped lead Texas Tech to an NCAA Regional appearance. Two of Tech's pitchers in 2004 were taken in Major League Draft.
Walden comes to Texas Tech after spending last season with the Southwest Texas Bobcats. While at Southwest Texas, Walden led the Bobcat pitching staff to a 4.47 staff ERA last season on a squad that finished the year with a 30-28 overall record. On that staff, was Brandon Hankins who earned ABCA First-Team All-Region honors as he went 8-1 on the year with a 2.10 ERA.
Prior to his one-year stint at Southwest Texas, Walden spent one season at Texas A&M where he served as the volunteer assistant. Before heading to the Div. I ranks, he spent six years as an assistant baseball coach at Monterey High School in Lubbock before moving to Abilene where he was an assistant at Hardin Simmons for two seasons. After his two seasons at Hardin Simmons, he served as a pitching coach in the Texas Rangers organization and later as the head baseball coach at Vernon Junior College for five years.
Walden graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock where he helped lead the Plainsmen to the 1981 State Championship and later went on to Lubbock Christian University. While at LCU, Walden helped then LCU head coach Larry Hays win the 1983 NAIA National Championship. Following his tenure at LCU he played three seasons (1986-88) in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He graduated from LCU in 1985 with a degree in education.
Walden and his wife Jennifer have two chilldren, Blake and Bailey. They make their home in Lubbock.