TC281: Jeff Walker, Santa Barbara City College

If you’re east of the Rockies, it might be easy to forget the giant that is — and has been for decades — an absolute giant in college baseball. Of course, we try at Top Coach to remind you at least a couple of times a year by featuring some of the coaches of the more than 80 two-year baseball-playing schools in California. Today’s guest, Jeff Walker, is in year number seven as head coach of Santa Barbara City College and kept the Vaqueros in the conversation annually, both by winning and sending a boat load of players onto four year schools.

In this episode, Coach Walker discusses the recent wildfires and mudslides in and near Santa Barbara, what it’s like to be “living in paradise”, the powerful California Community College Athletic Association, his work as an instructor at SBCC, his experience as a high school athletic director, work/life balance, working without the luxury of a large support staff, recruiting boundaries, building “repeat business” in recruiting, and his staff.

Notable quotes:

  • “I’m a baseball guy.”
  • “I think I applied for every community college job in the state.”
  • “I coach as a way to teach.”
  • “The goals are the same as what we played with. It’s the methods that have to change.”
  • “You’ve got to make mistakes in order to grow.”
  • “I use teaching classes as a way to improve my coaching.”

Follow Jeff Walker on Twitter.
Follow Santa Barbara City College Baseball on Twitter.

photo credit: The Channels, Santa Barbara City College
Intro Music: Matt’s Blues, Kevin MacLeod (
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License

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