Josh Walters enters his second season as an assistant coach with the Houston Soccer program.
He works primarily with the defenders and goalkeepers while coordinating all aspects of team travel, scheduling and academics. He also serves as director of the UH Soccer Camps
Walters, a native of Winston-Salem, N.C., joined the Cougar Soccer program in July 2005 after serving for five months as a First Lieutenant with Brigade S2 of the Florida National Guard during Operation Enduring Freedom V in Bagram, Afghanistan.
While in Afghanistan, Walters set up and directed a soccer clinic as well as a series of games for Afghani youths. He later made a presentation on his experiences to the 2005 NSCAA Convention.
While serving in the military, he received the Bronze Star for Valor and Service, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Humanitarian Service Medal.
Prior to his military service overseas, Walters was the head coach at Lawton Chiles High School in Tallahassee, Fla., from 2000-05. There his teams received the NSCAA/adidas Team Academic Award for three consecutive seasons.
While working in the Sunshine State, he also became the head coach of the Tallahassee United Futbol Club in 2002.
Walters received his associate's degree from Marion Military Institute in 1998. He captained the soccer team and also earned MVP honors. After graduating from MMI, he was commissioned as a signal officer in the Florida National Guard.
He began his coaching career at Godby High School in Tallahassee, Fla., from 1998-2000. In addition to those duties, he also served as the head coach for the Top of Florida Soccer Club until 2001.
Walters received his bachelor of arts in sports management and graduated cum laude from Columbia State in 2004.
He holds an NSCAA National Diploma, as well as NSCAA Goalkeeper Level I and USSF "C" licenses.