Jimmy Walker enters his 4nd year with the Halos organization. He has managed the So Cal Halos 17U College Development team and the Santa Paula Halos California Collegiate League team.
He currently is the Pitching Coach at Ventura College as well as the Associate Athletic Director of External Affairs. The past 5 years, Walker was also the Head Baseball Coach and Athletic Director at Santa Clara High School in Oxnard. He lead the team to a Frontier League championship in 2014 and 2 CIF playoff appearances in his 5 years. The most playoff appearances by a Saints coach in 20 years. For his teams’ success, the coaches of the Frontier League voted Coach Walker, Coach of the Year in 2012.
Before coming to the Halos, Coach Walker was the Assistant Head Coach/Recruiting Coordinator at Cal State Monterey Bay, a NCAA Division II baseball program. From 2005 to 2010, Coach Walker recruited 2 All-West Region players, 4 All-Conference players, helped sign 3 players to professional contracts, and coached 29 All-Conference All-Academic players. His on-field duties included coaching the pitchers and catchers, running the teams’ offense, and being Director of Camps and Clinics.
Preceding his tenure at CSUMB, Coach Walker was the pitching coach at Monterey High School helping them to a 3rd place section finish in 2004 and a section championship in 2005. 3 of his pitchers went on to play Division I college baseball at Texas, Cal and Long Beach State respectively.
Coach Walker began his coaching career in 2003 as the pitching coach at Monterey Peninsula College. He helped the team to a then school record with wins in a season at 29. One of his former pitchers, Daniel Barone, went on to pitch for the Florida Marlins in 2006.
Jimmy Walker’s baseball background includes being the Director of Player Development and Head Catching Instructor for the Aldrete Baseball Academy from 1998 to 2005. His duties included running the college-prep program for academy members, placing players onto college programs, individual lesson instruction, and coaching numerous travel teams.
Coach Walker played college baseball at Monterey Peninsula College (1998-1999) and the University of California-Santa Barbara (2000-2001). He also played professionally for the San Angelo Colts (Texas-Louisiana League, 2001), Duluth-Superior Dukes, and Kansas City T-Bones (Northern League, 2002-2003).
He graduated from CSUMB in 2007 with a Bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies and has a Master’s of Education with an emphasis in Sports Management and Leadership from NorthCentral University (2010). He and his wife Karly reside in Ventura.
Charles grew up in Oxnard, Ca. Played varsity four years at Channel Islands high school earning all county and all league honors. Played at UCLA for three years where he was named bruins defensive player of the year playing center field. Drafted in 2000 in the 17th round by Rockies as a pitcher. The left hander played for 3 years for the Rockies, and 5 years of pro ball with a fastball reaching 97 MPH.
Matthew Merricks younger brother of Charles graduated from Oxnard High school In 2000 where he was named back-to-back pitcher of the year for his league and 2000 LA times Ventura county pitcher of the year. Was also named to All-CIF his senior season before being drafted the same day as his brother in the 6th round by the Atlanta Braves. Was named his rookie team’s pitcher of the year 2001. Was a rule 5 draft pick by the Rockies in 2004, major league Spring training in 2005. Played over 7 years of professional baseball for braves, dodgers, Rockies, and rangers. Was named a Top 30 prospect in each organization. Matthew learned from the very best pitching minds in the game with Braves and Dodger organizations.
Lives in Oxnard, Ca with his wife, Johanna, and two young boys Masiah 4 and Malcolm 6 months, where he coaches pitchers at Channel Islands High School.