Jared Walker, who is in his third year as a member of the UAB staff, enters his first season in the director of baseball operations role.
Walker handles team travel an manages the day-to-day operations of the UAB baseball office. He is also responsible for upkeep at Young Memorial Field. Additionally, Walker oversees the annual fall instructional league UAB hosts for high school players. He organizes teams and schedules games along with other basic functions of the league.
Prior to taking on the director of baseball operations position, Walker served two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach for the Blazers.
A former standout player in his own right, Walker played a vital role in the development of the Blazer hitters. In 2007, his first season at UAB, Walker helped the UAB offense improve in nearly every category over the previous season.
In 2008, Walker helped UAB finish second in Conference USA in team hitting at .311. He coached nine players who hit better than .300, including third-team All-American Ryan Keedy, who had a monster year with a .423 batting average, 10 home runs, 29 doubles and 69 RBI.
Before coming to UAB, Walker also spent two seasons on head coach Brian Shoop's staff at Birmingham-Southern from 2005-06.
"Jared played for me, and he was exactly what I wanted as a player for three years and now in his fifth year as a member of the staff," Shoop said. "Jared is a special young person who has a bright future in what is a tough profession to get into."
Walker played collegiately at Birmingham-Southern for two seasons under Shoop in 2003 and 2004. After missing the 2002 season due to a knee injury, he came back and hit .301 with 11 doubles, 26 RBI and 44 runs scored to earn all-independent honors in 2003.
In the following year, his senior season, Walker batted a team-best .362 while playing in 64 games and starting in 61. He had 22 doubles, a triple, three home runs, 59 RBI and was a perfect 12-for-12 in stolen base attempts. His play that season earned him first-team All-Big South recognition before being named to the Big South Conference All-Tournament Team.
He finished his two-year career with 105 games started and a .337 batting average. He totaled 33 doubles and three home runs in addition to driving in 85 runs and stealing 17-of-18 bases.
Prior to playing at Birmingham-Southern, Walker was an all-conference performer at Shelton State Community College. He hit .290 with 11 homers and was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society during his two years at the school.
He spent his prep career at Sylacauga High School, where he was a two-time first-team all-state selection by The Birmingham News. He helped Sylacauga win two AHSAA 5A State Championships. In addition to his standout play on the field, Walker produced in the classroom, compiling a 4.0 grade-point average and earning membership into the National Honor Society.
The Sylacauga, Ala., native earned his B.S. in secondary education with an emphasis in social science from Birmingham-Southern in 2004 and completed his master's degree in education at UAB in August 2008.