Gay coaches get own Hall of Fame

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The readers of Outsports know their stuff. So when given the chance to vote on the site’s first inductee to its Coaches Hall of Fame recently, they jumped.

Some 38 percent of the vote went to Kirk Walker, the gay softball coach at Oregon State University, helping him beat out three other nominees. Walker came out in an Outsports profile in June 2007.

“I am in a unique situation. I am a Division I coach, I am in the athletic arena and it is important that people speak and appear because it is important to the process of breaking down that barrier,” Walker said.

“Virtually all my peers around the country know and I’ve seen no changes in the relationships. If anything, it made some of my peers who are also gay much more eager to seek me out and say something.”

Watch Walker’s acceptance speech here.

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