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New Episode of Lunch with Stan Podcast Features Baseball Coach Tom Walter

Baseball season starts Friday, so Stan chatted with the coach ahead of the first game

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Last week I wrote about a new Wake Forest podcast series coming out called “Lunch with Stan”. His first interview featured former Wake Forest director of athletics Dr. Gene Hooks.

This week’s episode features Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter, as the Deacs prepare to kick off their season tomorrow at 4pm against Sacred Heart.

You can listen at, on Soundcloud, via Google Play, on Stitcher, Spotify, and iTunes.

Among topics discussed are:

  • Coach Walter’s golf game
  • Why baseball players are generally good golfers and the relationship between golf and baseball
  • The talent that is on this year’s team and the players who should be key contributors via their experience
  • The potential of hosting a regional
  • The new facilities and the evolution of the game through technology and analytics
  • The role of the new facilities in recruiting
  • The challenge of coaching a game against his son’s team this year
  • The players being like family to him and the sense of family among the team and alumni
  • The story of Kevin Jordan and what it was like to donate a kidney-in his own words
  • The best players he’s coached
  • The direction of the sport of baseball in the future
  • The lack of scholarships for baseball
  • Even more future improvements for the baseball facilities
  • Hitting a curveball vs. hitting a slider
  • The keys to being a good recruiter
  • The challenges of academics at Wake Forest
  • The MLB draft system
  • The Hall of Fame Selection Process
  • His greatest baseball moments he has personally witnessed
  • Baseball-themed games he played growing up
  • Stan’s interview with Joe DiMaggio as a young sports reporter
  • Arnold Palmer and his love for Wake Forest
  • The 2019 baseball schedule

I highly recommend clicking one of the links above and checking out the second edition of “Lunch with Stan” and listening to Coach Walter’s stories.