Walters, who is in his first year as an assistant coach at UCLA under head coach Amanda Cromwell, has helped guide the Bruins to a 21-1-2 record and a Pac-12 Championship and NCAA College Cup berth. The second-ranked Bruins will face top-ranked Virginia in the NCAA semifinals on Friday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 pm ET.
UCLA is currently on a 19-game unbeaten streak and has shut out all four of its postseason opponents en route to the College Cup. The Bruins lead the nation in goals against average (0.28).
"There are a lot of things that go into making a program run, and Josh has been a huge part of our success this fall," said Cromwell. "He is so passionate about the job, and he puts so much time and effort into making this team successful, so I'm really happy for him."
"I'm honored and excited to be awarded the NSCAA Regional Assistant coach of the year," Walters said. "I've watched the ceremony every year at the NSCAA Coaches Convention, and it's cool to know I'll be part of it this year."
"I always feel like any 'award of the year' is more about the group than the individual, and because our team had success it puts someone in this position to be recognized," he continued. "I am very lucky to work with an incredible staff and under the best head coach in college soccer, Amanda Cromwell."
Walters came to UCLA with Cromwell from Central Florida, where he served as the program's recruiting coordinator in 2012. He helped lead the Knights to their first Conference USA Tournament championship and to a school and conference record for shutouts with 15. Central Florida was ranked nationally for the entire season, including its highest standing (No. 6) in two decades. In 2011, he was the Director of Operations for Florida State during its College Cup run.