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Full Name: Walter A. Crancer
Birthdate: July 7, 1984
Education: B.A., Georgia Tech (`07).
Playing Experience: Two-year letterwinner as an outfielder at Georgia Tech from 2006-07; 12th round draft pick by Baltimore Orioles (`07); Played in minors for Orioles
Coaching Experience: Volunteer assistant coach at Georgia Tech (2012-)
Joined Georgia Tech Staff: August 17, 2011
Former Yellow Jacket outfielder Wally Crancer is entering his second season as volunteer assistant coach in 2013.
Crancer returned to the Flats after spending four seasons in the minors with the Baltimore Orioles organization, eventually retiring in May, 2010. His best season came in 2009 when he batted .302 with eight home runs and 34 RBI in 61 games with the Frederick Keys.
He works primarily with the outfielders, and also aids assistant coach Bryan Prince with the hitters.
"He [Wally] brings a lot to our table, not only with the type of person he is but also his knowledge of baseball and how competitive he was as a player," said head coach Danny Hall. "I am excited to have another former player starting his college coaching career here at Georgia Tech."
Crancer was a two-year starter at Georgia Tech from 2006-2007, batting .345 with 22 doubles, 14 home runs and 82 RBI 90 career starts. After transferring from Riverside (Calif.) Community College upon conclusion of the 2005 season, the power hitting corner outfielder helped the Jackets advance to the 2006 College World Series in his first season at Tech.
He was one of a school-record tying 10 Yellow Jackets selected in the 2007 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, going to the Orioles in the 12th round.