By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 1/7/13
Tom Walsh has been promoted to the post of head boys’ lacrosse coach at Wisshaickon.
Walsh, a Smithtown, N.Y., native who played at Ursinus (Class of 2011), served as the Trojans’ JV coach last year and coaches the “Rising” team for the Bandits lacrosse club in Montgomery County.
Walsh answered these questions about the position.
Can you take us through your playing background?
Walsh: “I grew up in Smithtown, NY, learning and playing in the Smithtown Youth Program. I had the opportunity to play at a great lacrosse atmosphere and for outstanding coaches at both my high school and college level. I played for Smithtown West High School on Long Island, and then Ursinus.”
Why did you go for the job as head coach at Wissahickon?
Walsh: “Coaching High School Varsity Lacrosse was exactly the opportunity I was looking for in the next step in my coaching career. I had such a great experience coaching the JV team at Wissahickon the year before, and I saw how motivated and coachable the young players of this program are.
“I could not pass up the chance to coach such a hardworking and talented group. The lacrosse culture and community built around the team and the program has been extremely motivating and inspired me to go for the job.”
What are your goals, short-term and long-term?
Walsh: “Our coaching staff has developed a list of 5 goals we are looking to accomplish.
1. Teach our players the game of lacrosse so that they can be successful now and in future, and so they can have more opportunities to play or coach at the next stage in their lives.
2. Develop our players into hardworking, disciplined, respectful young men, who are known as competitors and gentleman on and off the field.
3. Create a challenging and positive experience for our student-athletes to remember for the rest of their lives.
4. Push our student-athletes to do well academically as well as athletically. We want to give them academic opportunities beyond high school.
5. Win a State Championship.
What is your coaching philosophy?
Walsh: “I believe that success comes through hard work, discipline, and preparation. We plan on being the most conditioned, best skilled, and most prepared team in upcoming years. We have high expectations for this team and they are excited for the challange. My assistant coaches, Dan Layfield (Drexel) and Matt Conway (Ursinus), and I have been diligently planning and prepping for this season and preparing our players for all game situations. That is where we will have an edge on our opponents.
“Giving back to the community is important to a sports program as well as winning. Our team leaders are coordinating a few service projects for this Spring. Our team is planning on participating in a few community service activities this year.
“I believe we have the depth, the talent, and the discipline to do extremely well this year. Our motivations are to outwork, outplay, and outscore our opponents. Overall, I plan on making it an enjoyable and competitive experience for my players.”