Joe Walsh just finished his 17th season as the Joseph J.
O'Donnell Head Coach for Harvard Baseball in 2011-12. Walsh has led
Harvard to five Ivy League titles and as many appearances in the
NCAA Tournament - reaching the Regional Semifinals twice. Under his
direction, the team has also earned regular season wins over
national powers Miami, Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.
Walsh's club has won the Red Rolfe Division eight times. In 2005-06, Harvard recorded a Walsh-best 14-win campaign in the Ancient Eight, cruising to the title in a year that saw his team boast seven players recognized on the all-conference teams including the Pitcher of the Year and the Rookie of the Year. It marked the third time in four seasons that Harvard had the league's top rookie.
In 2007, Walsh became Harvard's 500-win man when his Crimson defeated Brown, 7-3, on April 21, 2007.
Since taking charge of the program in 1996, Walsh has led
Harvard to a 347-388-2 overall record and an impressive 204-136
mark (.600) in Ivy League play. In addition to winning five Ivy
titles, his squads have captured the Red Rolfe Division
Championship on eight occasions. He owns an overall record of
In 2004-05, Harvard jumped out to a 6-0 Ivy League record to start the season and won going away. The Crimson went on to a 29-17 record and play in the NCAA Tournament at Cal. State-Fullerton.
In 1999, Harvard won its third straight Ivy championship, finishing with a 16-4 League mark, and went on to compete in the Los Angeles Regional of the NCAA Tournament at USC. That squad completed the year with a 28-20 record.
One year earlier, Walsh directed Harvard to a school record for wins during a 36-12 campaign that included the Ivy championship and a final national ranking of 24th--the highest for the Crimson program since 1983. After guiding the squad to a 16-4 League record, Walsh led Harvard to wins over Tulane and Nicholls State in the 1998 NCAA South II Regional at LSU.
That success followed the breakthrough 1997 campaign when he took Harvard to a 34-16 overall record and a final ranking of 27th in the country. After claiming its first Ivy title since 1985 with a League-best 18-2 Ivy mark, the Crimson made an impressive showing in the NCAA Midwest Regional at Oklahoma State. Walsh's sixth-seeded club handed top-seeded (and fourth-ranked) UCLA an opening-round loss and then eliminated Stetson in the second round.
Walsh was named the 1997 and 1998 Northeast Region Division I Coach of the Year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
When he came aboard in 1996, Walsh became the Crimson's first full-time, and first endowed, baseball coach. Joseph J. O'Donnell '67, MBA '71, a former Harvard baseball and football letterwinner who is a long-time supporter of the College, established a $2.5 million endowment fund that supports the head baseball coach in much the same way that an endowed chair supports a professor.
Prior to his appointment, Walsh accumulated a 222-176-1 record in 15 years at Suffolk University, his alma mater in downtown Boston. He was named the 1995 New England Division III Coach of the Year after leading the Rams to a 26-11 record and the ECAC finals. In May 2009, Walsh was inducted in Suffolk's Athletic Hall of Fame.
His involvement in the renowned Cape Cod League dates back to 1988, when he was the head coach of the Brewster Whitecaps. From 1991 to 1998, he served as the pitching coach for the Wareham Gatemen. In addition to coaching on the Cape, Walsh also runs baseball camps and clinics throughout New England as the Play To Win Baseball Camp.
Walsh is a 1971 graduate of Catholic Memorial High School and a 1976 graduate of Suffolk with a degree in philosophy. He lives in Chester, N.H. with his wife Sandra, and four daughters: Tory (23), Holly (21), Katie (18) and Kasey (16).