2018 Coaching Staff
Golden West College
Field Manager-2nd Year, 1st as Manager
Thomas Walker returns for his second consecutive season with the Honkers, but first as the team’s new Field Manager. “I’m very grateful for the opportunity that Kim and Dan have given me to come back to Rochester next summer,” said Walker. “2018 will see a Honkers club ready to retain its rightful place atop the Northwoods League!”
Walker was the team’s coach last summer, in charge of hitters and running the offense from the third base coaches box. Under his tutelage, the Honkers led the Northwoods League in home runs (76), second in Slugging Percentage (.398), and third in walks (373). He also produced the league’s new home run leader in Zach Zubia (22) who was also named the NWL MVP. “I thoroughly enjoyed breaking the team’s home run record as well as witnessing the NWL home run record broken by Zubia,” said Walker. “Working on a daily basis with a hitter like Zach Zubia was special for my first real opportunity as a hitting coach.”
Walker started his playing career at Oregon, before moving on to Golden West College and finishing his last three years at the University of California Riverside (UCR). He began his coaching career at UCR as the Assistant Director of Baseball Operations in 2017. He is currently the Outfield/Hitting Coach at Golden West College.
Walker, 24, hails from Long Beach, California. His older brother Glenn Walker, is an Assistant Coach at Compton College and was the Field Manager for the Orange County Riptide, the 2017 California Collegiate League Champions.
Pitching Coach-2nd Year
Josh Frye returns for his second consecutive season with the Honkers as the team’s Pitching Coach. “I can’t wait to get back up there and team up with Thomas again for the 2018 season,” exclaimed Frye. “Being a pitcher in the Northwoods League and now a second-year coach, I feel my experience and insight can help take our pitching staff back to where it belongs, tops in the Northwoods League!”
Frye has both playing and coaching experience in the NWL. The right-handed pitcher from Long Beach State, was a late summer addition to the La Crosse Loggers in 2012, and came back to La Crosse with a vengeance in the summer of 2013, going 6-3 with a 3.31 ERA. Frye made 12 starts, pitching a team-high 76.0 innings, and led them with 79 strikeouts. He was named a 2013 Northwoods League Mid and Post Season All-Star, the 2013 La Crosse Loggers Cy Young Award Winner, and then was nominated for the Loggers All-Decade Team in 2016.
At Long Beach State, Frye was named a 2014 First Team Big West Pitcher and a 2014 All-American Pitcher. He played professionally after college, spending two years in the Los Angeles Angels organization, a year in the Frontier League, and finishing his final two years in the Western Australia League.
Frye, 26, began his coaching career in 2016 as the Assistant Pitching Coach at Long Beach State, before accepting his current position as Pitching Coach at Cypress College.