Kyle Walton is in his first season serving as UK's technical director. Prior to his stop in Lexington, he served as an assistant coach at Louisville. The Cardinals paved their way to the NCAA Tournament in 2011 with Walton serving as the recruiting coordinator.
Prior to his stint in Louisville, he spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Saint Louis and helped guide the Billikens to back-to-back Atlantic 10 Conference regular-season crowns and NCAA Tournament appearances in his first two campaigns. In 2009, he helped eventual A-10 co-Player of the Year and AVCA All-American Sammi McCloud make the transition to the middle-blocker position.
Walton was an integral part of the Billikens' record-breaking success during his first season at SLU in 2008. Walton, who works primarily with SLU's middle blockers, mentored Sally Warning, who led the A-10 with 1.13 blocks per set in league contests and earned AVCA All-Region and A-10 first-team honors. He also helped the Bills post a league-leading 2.36 blocks per set in conference matches. In the summer of 2010, Walton was involved with the USA Volleyball program as an apprentice coach. He worked with every level of players within the program ranging from the Junior, Youth and Select age groups.
Prior to joining Anne Kordes' coaching staff, Walton spent the 2007 campaign as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois. He served as the recruiting coordinator for the Salukis while also scouting opponents and assisting with practice and practice planning. Walton, who was primarily in charge of the middle blockers and right-side hitters, helped SIU return to the six-team State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since the 2002 season.
Walton was an assistant coach at NCAA Division II University of Southern Indiana for one season before his stint at Southern Illinois. From 2005-06, the Edon, Ohio, native was the facility director and director of volleyball operations at Synergy Sports in Toledo, Ohio. While working at Synergy Sports, Walton also coached two U-16 volleyball club teams.
Walton has been around the game of volleyball for most of his life, with his father in his 23rd year as the head coach at Edon High School. After assisting with his father's high school teams, he spent two years as a student assistant with the Otterbein College volleyball team while also competing as a student-athlete on the basketball and baseball teams.
Walton graduated from Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, in 2005 with a degree in sports management.
He is married to Lindsey Gray-Walton, who is in her third season as an assistant coach for the Wildcats.