Bill Walkenbach
Bill Walkenbach
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 909-607-1798
Email: bill.walkenbach@cms.claremont.edu
Year: 5th
Overall Record: 64-83-1, .436
SCIAC Record: 40-60, .400
College: Cornell
Office Location: Roberts Pavilion - 235

Coach Walkenbach enters his fifth season at the helm of the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps baseball program in the 2019-20 academic year. Over his first four seasons at the helm, he has improved the Stags' win total and winning percentage each season, turning the program around from a 7-32 season the year before he took over to a 19-14-1 mark in 2019, when CMS finished fifth in the SCIAC and were in the race for the conference tournament until the final weekend.

The turnaround is no surprise, as Walkenbach has a history of acheiving unprecedented success at his previous coaching stops. Prior to CMS, he served seven years as the head baseball coach at NCAA Division I Cornell University, where he led the Big Red to its first-ever Ivy League Championship in 2012 and set single season school records with 31 wins overall and going 14-6 in conference play. The team won the Lou Gehrig Division of the Ivy League in 2009 and 2012.  Academically, the Big Red baseball team was recognized for being in the top 10 percent of Division I baseball for all seven years under Walkenbach.

Before his tenure at Cornell, Walkenbach was the head coach of the Division III Franklin & Marshall baseball program in Lancaster, Penn. Under his tutelage, the Diplomats won two regular season Centennial Conference championships in 2006 and 2007 and achieved a 69-42 overall record, the highest percentage during any three-year period in program history. The team finished the 2006 season ranked No. 13 in Division III, the highest ranking for the program to date.

Walkenbach completed his Master of Sports Administration at Georgia State while on staff as an assistant coach at Emory University for the 2002 and 2003 seasons. In 2003, Emory was a Division III World Series participant, finishing the season ranked No. 5 in the nation.

Walkenbach earned his bachelor’s degree at Cornell and was a four-year All-Ivy shortstop selection including earning Rookie of the Year honors in 1995. He appears 17 times in the career record book for Cornell Baseball and was the former home run record holder with 21 during his career. He was inducted into Cornell’s Hall of Fame in 2010.