Jay Walton is entering his 13th season at Lipscomb and 15th season as an assistant under head coach Scott Sanderson.
Walton works with the development of Lipscomb's post players and is in charge of many parts of the program's operations. He monitors student-athletes' academic progress, assists with travel plans, and supervises the team managers.
Walton played collegiate basketball at Mississippi State University during one of the most successful periods in the program's history. He was a member of teams that earned three postseason bids, advancing to the 1995 NCAA Sweet 16 and the 1996 Final Four. The Bulldogs won back-to-back SEC West Championships in 1995 and 1996 and the 1996 SEC Tournament Championship.
Walton served as a co-captain of the 1996 team. During his collegiate career, he participated in more victories than any player in the history of Mississippi State's men's basketball program. In 2004 Timmy Bowers broke Walton's record.
Walton also excelled in the classroom. He was a three-time Academic All-SEC selection and a two-time winner of the Babe McCarthy Tip-off Club's Academic Award. Walton earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mississippi State in Communication Management. He served as president of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. His senior year he also was honored with the R.D. Williams Christian Gentleman Award.
Walton began his coaching career in 1997 as a graduate assistant at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss. The Statesman finished 23-7, earning the Gulf South Conference Championship and a bid to the NCAA Division II National Tournament, during his one year stint. While at Delta State, he earned his Master's of Business Administration.
The following season he joined Sanderson as an assistant coach at the University of Mobile. Walton helped guide the Rams to back-to-back Gulf Coast Athletic Conference Championships and the 1999 NAIA National Championship game.
Walton followed Sanderson to Lipscomb in 1999.
Walton is a native of Pascagoula, Miss. He is married to the former Stephanie Wallace. They have two children - Willie and Ruby.