WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman announced today that head baseball coach Tom Walter has received a contract extension through the 2024 season.
“I couldn’t be more pleased that Tom has accepted this contract extension,” Wellman said. “He has been a proven developer of young men on the field, in the classroom, and in life. Following an extremely successful season, we look forward to assisting Tom and the program in taking the next step forward towards their goal of a College World Series.”
“Wake Forest is a special place and I am honored to be a small part of this wonderful community,” Walter said. “I am very grateful for the commitment Ron Wellman has made to our program, our staff, and me personally. Under his leadership I look forward to many great years of Deacon Baseball.”
Walter has led the Demon Deacons to six straight winning seasons, including back-to-back NCAA Regionals. In 2017, Wake Forest hosted and won the Winston-Salem Regional and finished a game away from the College World Series, wrapping up the season with a 43-20 record, best since 2002.
This year, Wake Forest set program records for ACC wins (19), ACC series wins (eight), All-ACC honorees (nine) and home runs (106). The Deacs also set a new team-high with eight student-athletes drafted, including two in the top 50 overall picks and four in the top seven rounds.
The only active head coach in the country to lead three different programs to the NCAA Division I Tournament, Walter has overseen the development of five All-Americans at Wake Forest, including three in 2017. Off the field, all his seniors have graduated on time for six consecutive years and the team has had 100 percent participation in community service for eight straight years, raising more than $100,000 for various charities.