Jeff Walton is the new head baseball coach with Steamboat Springs High School. He had a storied collegiate career at Lower Columbia College and Lander University.

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Jeff Walton is the new head baseball coach with Steamboat Springs High School. He had a storied collegiate career at Lower Columbia College and Lander University.

Jeff Walton named new head Steamboat baseball coach

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— Jeff Walton, formerly an assistant coach, was named the new head baseball coach at Steamboat Springs High School on Wednesday.

Walton takes over for first-year coach Robert Fitzhugh, who resigned Tuesday.

Steamboat Athletics Director Luke DeWolfe said Fitzhugh resigned for personal reasons but wouldn’t elaborate, citing district policy of not disclosing personnel issues.

Walton attend Lower Columbia College in Longview, Wash., where he was selected as the Male Student Athlete of the Year and was named to the NWAAC Western Division All Star Team. He then accepted a scholarship to Lander University in South Carolina. His first year there, in 2004, he set single-season records for batting average, doubles and hits. He also was chosen as the Male Student Athlete of the Year.

In his final year in South Carolina, Walton reset all of his own records, hitting .406 with a school-record 96 hits.

The Sailors baseball team plays a doubleheader starting at 11 a.m. Saturday against Delta. The games will be at Woodbury Park in Craig.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email lgraham@SteamboatToday.com

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