Kirk Walker

Head Softball Coach
UCLA

Kirk Walker came out in 2005 publicly and was labeled by the media as the 1st Div 1 Coach to be publicly out. During the years that followed he helped NIKE launch the #BETRUE Initiative to help fund the LGBT SPORTS COALITION which he is a founding member of. Kirk helped launch Equality Coaching Alliance in 2011 and it has grown to over 1000 members that include Coaches, Administrators, Athletic Trainers, Officials, Olympians and other sports professionals working at the High School, Collegiate, and Professional level of sports. In addition to ECA,  Kirk works extensively with another LGBT Sports Network called GOSPACE. This group is specifically for current and former student athletes from the High School and Collegiate level that identify as LGBT.   This group has exploded in recent years and will surpass 1000 members by the end of 2020.