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Walsh (@SHBoysLacrosse) to make homecoming as Assistant GM of expansion S.D. Seals as NLL Draft comes to Philly

Thursday, 20th September 2018

Categories Boy's/Men's, Pro  
 

By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 9/20/18

The National Lacrosse League 2018 Entry Draft will be held at Xfinity Live! on Tuesday night and for one Philly native the event will serve as a special homecoming.

San Diego Seals Assistant GM Sean Walsh (Strath Haven)

Sean Walsh is a 2010 Strath Haven graduate who played at Roanoke College and returns next week as the Assistant General Manager for the San Diego Seals, who along with the new Philadelphia Wings are the league’s two expansion squads.

Walsh will help oversee the Seals’ draft process. San Diego has the No. 1 pick – the Wings will select No. 2 – as well as the 10th and 11th selections (acquired through trade) in the first round.

Walsh gave this interview:

Question: Growing up in Philly and attending Strath Haven, what led to your love of lacrosse?
Walsh: “I have to give credit to my Uncle John Webster who was actually the #1 overall pick in the 1993 MILL draft by the Wings out of UNC for introducing me to the sport. Growing up my parents always raised my siblings and I to play a different sport each season until we found the one we were truly passionate about. In the spring I played both baseball & lacrosse until 4th grade when Uncle Webby gave me the ultimatum that I had to choose one and I went with lacrosse. From there I began going to more camps & clinics and playing almost year round in the Strath Haven youth programs. I didn’t start playing club until the summer going into my Senior year where I played for Tomahawk & Competitive Edge under my current coach at the time Dave Waldman who still teaches at SHHS. As most late-bloomers experience I really didn’t start getting recruited until my Senior year where I was a 2nd year starter who earned Honorable Mention All-Central League and won the inaugural Nicholas Colleluori Award through the HEADstrong Foundation.”

Question: Did you watch the Wings play much and when did you become interested in box/indoor lacrosse?
Walsh: “Growing up I remember going to both Wings & Barrage games with my dad & brother. As most Philadelphians are, we were raised as overly passionate sports fans and if they represented our city then we supported them. Truthfully, some of my most vivid memories from the Wings games were the fights that would always seem to occur right at midfield and got the music/crowd much louder! Being in the Northeast, the box game really started to come into my life in middle & high school when we couldn’t get a facility to practice during the winters when there was a foot of snow on the ground for 3 months straight. We would play box in our high school gymnasium, Tristate Sportsplex, basically anywhere that had room for us to practice & play even some warehouses throughout Delco!”

Question: Why did you move out West and how did you get involved with the Seals?
Walsh: “I moved out West immediately after my graduation from Roanoke College in May of 2014; growing up my mom always talked about taking an opportunity when it presents itself to you & with my brother already being in school at Cal Poly – San Luis Obispo I jumped on the chance to relocate out West and give it a go in SoCal. My first coaching job was the JV Head Coach for The Bishop’s School in La Jolla where I still reside. From there, the President of Adrenaline Steve Sepeta (Head Coach at The Bishop’s School) entrusted me with the coaching of his 1st-6th grade programs & fall box leagues that I have been doing for the last 3 years. In August of 2017 when I learned of the NLL expanding to both San Diego and Philadelphia I was still working as a Real Estate agent but reached out to the management introducing myself and before I knew it was brought on board as the first hire in the Ticket Sales department in January 2018.”

Question: “How will it feel to return to Philly for the draft with the excitement of the new franchises?
Walsh: “I’ve joked about this with my family; this very well might be the first time we get booed in our own city so we have to be prepared! I’m honestly very humbled to be in this position that I get to be a part of something so unique – building a franchise in the area I’ve lived as a post graduate while 3,000 miles away a franchise is being built back home where I spent the first 18 years of my life. I’m sure it will be a bit emotional seeing my friends & family in Seals gear at Xfinity Live!”

Question: “What is your role with the team and why do you enjoy your job?
Walsh: “As the Assistant GM my role & responsibilities are very diverse. A lot of my day to day involves preparing the administrative & operations logistics for the upcoming Inaugural Season as well as assisting our management & the coaching staff so that we are fully prepared when it actually comes time for the players to hit the floor. My job is to make sure that everything is squared away by the time the first whistle sounds.”

Question: What goals do the Seals have with the draft?
Walsh: “Most people who follow the NLL know this is a very deep draft, so adding some of these young & talented players will really bolster our roster for the Inaugural Season. We’ve got 3 picks in the 1st round, 2 in the 2nd and 3 in the 3rd just for starters so we’re excited for draft day.”

Question: What goals for the Seals have for the 2018-19 season as a new club?
Walsh: “I think that on the floor we are certainly looking to compete in our Inaugural Season. We’ve got incredible ownership, expert coaching staff, and a fantastic front office that really operates as a family – I think with that combination we can do some special things this season. We cannot wait for the San Diego community to see all the hard work we’ve put in & enjoy the show!”

Question: Anything else you want to say?
Walsh: “I am really looking forward to not only being back in Philly for the Entry Draft but for this Inaugural Season to commence, especially that March 16th game where the Wings have to travel out West to face the Seals!”

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