Walt Fields worked tirelessly to gain credibility for the men's varsity athletic program as athletic director and coach of Marian College's basketball and baseball teams. He earned a bachelor of science degree from Butler University and a master of science degree from Purdue University. He was successful as the college became noted for athletics. Fields served Marian College from 1957 to 1972 in various roles, including coach, director of athletics, physical education instructor, dean of men, director of personnel services and director of guidance and counseling. He helped spearhead the construction of Doyle Hall, which greatly expanded the college's ability to accommodate male students. A member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame, Fields currently resides in Illinois.