David Walsh To Retire At Finish Of 2022-23 Educational Yr

September 16, 2022

RICHMOND, Va. — After 33 years in school athletics and 23 years on the College of Richmond, Deputy Athletic Director and Chief of Operations David Walsh will retire on the finish of 2022-2023 educational 12 months.  Serving as Deputy Athletic Director for the previous 18 years, Walsh oversees amenities, occasions, advertising, public relations, ticketing, athletic capital initiatives and is the executive liaison for males’s basketball, soccer, males’s lacrosse, girls’s soccer, girls’s swimming and males’s and ladies’s tennis. Walsh additionally served as interim athletic director for six months from July-December of 2017.
 
“I actually have been blessed to give you the chance work in my dream occupation and at such an amazing establishment for the final 23 years,” mentioned Walsh.  “I wish to thank all the great folks I’ve met and labored with in school athletics and particularly at Richmond.  I’ll at all times be grateful to my first athletic director, Jim Miller, for being such an amazing mentor.  I’m additionally very appreciative for the help and steering of my two different athletic administrators at Richmond–Keith Gill and John Hardt.”
 
Since arriving at Richmond in 2000, Walsh has been intently concerned in quite a few marquee initiatives, in addition to the hiring of head coaches, whereas being an integral member of a management workforce that has overseen quite a few championships and publish season appearances from Spider student-athletes and coaches.

“David has been integral to the success of Spider Athletics for greater than twenty years, and his exceptional service to our student-athletes, coaches and employees can have a constructive affect on our division for years to come back,” mentioned Vice President and Director of Athletics John P. Hardt. “On behalf of Spider Atheltics and with a real sense of  gratitude, I thank him for his years of devoted service, congratulate him on his great profession, and need him properly on his well-deserved retirement.  David has been a valued pal and trusted colleague for a few years, and I’ll miss our time working  collectively.”

 

Walsh’s tenure at Richmond consists of highlights in nearly each side of Spider Athletics.

 

Capital Initiatives

Walsh led capital initiatives at each athletics facility on campus highlighted by the renovation of the Robins Middle and Blandford-Everett Pupil-Athlete Efficiency Middle, and the development of Robins Stadium and Queally Athletics Middle.

 

Sport Administrator for Soccer and Males’s Basketball

The soccer program reached unprecedented success, with FCS playoff appearances in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2014, 2015 and 2016, profitable 5 convention championships and the FCS Nationwide Championship in 2008.  Males’s basketball has made three NCAA match appearances, gained two Atlantic 10 Convention Championships and has had eight postseason appearances general.  The 2010 and 2011 groups have been ranked within the prime 25 within the nation. The Spiders gained Atlantic 10 championships in 2011 and 2022, advancing to the NCAA Candy 16 in 2011 and the Second Spherical in 2022.

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Sport Administrator for Olympic Sports activities

Walsh managed Spiders’ Olympic sport applications and employed 10 head coaches in his tenure.  The top coaches employed by Walsh have mixed to win 41 convention championships. Baseball, girls’s soccer, discipline hockey, males’s lacrosse, girls’s lacrosse and ladies’s swimming have been nationally-ranked throughout Walsh’s tenure. 

 

Robins Middle Environment

Walsh led the expansion and growth of sport ambiance for males’s basketball —beginning with the renovations of the Robins Middle in 2014-2015 and persevering with by 2021-2022 with common attendance of extra 6,000 which ranked third within the A10 and top-80 nationally.

 

Hiring of Head Coaches

Walsh labored intently with former athletic director Jim Miller within the hiring of soccer coaches Dave Clawson, Mike London, and Danny Rocco, and males’s basketball coach Chris Mooney.  He additionally labored with former athletic director Keith Gill on the hiring of present soccer coach Russ Huesman.  Walsh employed present coaches Dan Chemotti (Males’s Lacrosse), Adam Decker (Males’s Golf), Matt Barany (Ladies’s Swimming), Houston Barrick (Director of Tennis), Marty Beall (Ladies’s Soccer), Lori Taylor (Ladies’s Cross Nation and Monitor and Area) and Steve Taylor (Males’s Cross Nation).

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Implementation of Males’s Lacrosse

Walsh engineered the implementation of males’s lacrosse as a varsity sport in fall 2012. He employed head males’s lacrosse coach Dan Chemotti, who guided the workforce to the Atlantic Solar match title, incomes a bid to the NCAA championship in its first 12 months as a varsity program in 2013-2014. Spider males’s lacrosse has been frequently ranked within the prime 25 within the nation and earned 4 NCAA match appearances within the first 9 years of this system’s history-2014, 2018, 2019 and 2022.

Company Partnerships

Walsh teamed with the Leona Advertising Group to safe new, long-term attire and company advertising partnerships.  In July 2021, the Spiders started a five-year take care of adidas to offer footwear, attire and equipment for the athletic division.  Additionally, in July 2021, the Spiders entered right into a 10-year advertising and multimedia rights partnership with Playfly Sports activities for in-venue and occasion sponsorships, promotions, and company hospitality, in addition to radio, TV and social media sponsorships.

Walsh’s 33-year collegiate profession consists of earlier stops at North Carolina State, Jacksonville College and the College of Miami (Florida).  He earned his undergraduate diploma in enterprise administration from the College of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990 and his grasp’s diploma from St. Thomas College in sport administration in 1991.  

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