Chip Walton Hired as New LC Head Golf Coach

For immediate release – 8/17/2012 - #005
Chip Walton Hired as New LC Head Golf Coach

LYNCHBURG, VA – The Lynchburg College athletic department announced Friday the hiring of Dr. Chip Walton as the Hornets' new head golf coach.

Walton is also the Assistant Dean of The School of Humanities and Social Sciences, as well as Chair of the Sociology and Criminology Department at LC. Dr. Walton has helped the golf team as its faculty mentor for the past four years and most recently served as the Faculty Athletic Representative (Fall 2011) for Lynchburg College.

Dr. Walton played golf for West Point High School before moving on to Hargrave Military Academy where he played football and basketball. Dr. Walton played tennis for Virginia Wesleyan College (1982-1986) and was a member of the The Dixie Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-Academic Team in 1986. Dr. Walton earned a Masters' degree in sociology at VCU and went on to receive a Ph.D. in sociology at Virginia Tech. He is an avid amateur golfer having competed most recently on the Golf Channel's Am Tour (Richmond tour) and at the Southwest Virginia Amateur. He is a long time member of the VSGA and plays out of Pete Dye River Course carrying a 5 handicap.

"I was very impressed with Chip during his time as the department's Faculty Athletic Representative," said Dr. Jack Toms, LC's director of athletics. "His excitement and level of enthusiasm to take over as our new head golf coach will serve him well."

The LC fall season is scheduled to begin September 16-17 at the Tom Kinder Memorial at Lake View Golf Course in Harrisonburg, VA.

"I am thrilled at the prospect of coaching the golf team at LC," said Walton. "I love golf and this college so I think it is a good fit. I look forward to helping these young men maximize their potential on the golf course and in the classroom."