William and Mary Names Stephen Walsh Head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track Coach
WILLIAMSBURG - William and Mary Director of Athletics Terry Driscoll announced today the hiring of Stephen Walsh to the post of Head Men's and Women's Cross Country and Track Coach, effective immediately. Walsh replaces Alex Gibby '97 and Kathy Newberry '00, who resigned at the end of July after leading the men's and women's programs for the past seven years.
“I am really excited to be joining the William and Mary family,” said Walsh. “With its rich tradition in cross country and track, I hope to continue what Alex and Kathy have done over the past few years. I look forward to my start and feel with the staff that is already in place we can continue to achieve at a high level. “
Walsh joins the Tribe after spending the previous four years at Providence College in Rhode Island, where he was the head men's track coach and assistant coach for the men's and women's cross country teams, as well as the women's track team. The 2006 cross country season was his first with the Friars, and he helped both sides win the Big East Championship before the women went on to place seventh and the men ninth at the NCAA Championships. Over the next four years, the Friars reached the NCAA Cross Country Championships every fall, and amassed 17 All-American honors, 12 Big East Individual Champions, 7 IC4A/ECAC Champions, and 15 New England Champions on the track and in cross country. Walsh was the assistant coach for Shelby Greany, who won the 2009 USAT&F Junior Women's Cross Country Championship and the 2010 USAT&F Junior Women's Steeplechase, while also setting the American junior record in the 3,000m steeplechase. Walsh also served as the assistant coach for Danette Doetzel, the 2009 NCAA 10,000m champion, as well as three sub-4 minute milers, and men's school record-breakers in the 400m, 500m, 4x400m, 4x800m, DMR, and javelin.
Prior to Providence, Walsh spent four years as an assistant coach at Pennsylvania, where he was responsible for coaching athletes from 800m to 10,000m. In the office, he planned and implemented workouts for his athletes, while also overseeing recruiting and was involved with The Penn Relay Carnival, the world's largest annual track and field event. On the track, Walsh's athletes collected four All-American honors, including the 2003 men's 800m outdoor champion, and 12 Ivy League titles.
Walsh was four-year letter-winner in cross country and track at Penn State, where he ran under Hall of Fame coach Harry Groves (himself a former W&M coach for 13 years, including 12 years as the head coach from 1956-1968). Walsh captained the cross country team to the IC4A Championships team title in 2000, and earned second-team All-Big Ten honors alongside all-region and All-East accolades in 2001. In total, he was a six-time All-East winner (three each in cross country and indoor track), as well as twice finishing in the top 25 at the region championships. On the track, Walsh was third in the Big Ten indoor mile in 2000, and sixth outdoors at 1,500m that same year.
A native of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, Walsh graduated from Penn State in 2001 with a degree in accounting.