BISMARCK, N.D. — After two decades coaching on the diamonds at the University of Mary, Brad Walsh has resigned his position at the university. The Marauders baseball coach the past six seasons, Walsh earlier headed the U-Mary softball program for 14 years. He has coached in excess of 100 all-conference and all-academic student-athletes while winning more than 500 games. Walsh will pursue a business opportunity in the private sector.
“Brad is a longtime fixture at the University of Mary and he will be missed,” said U-Mary athletic director Roger Thomas. “His teams always represented the university in a positive manner on and off the field and his programs have experienced some tremendous successes. We wish Brad the best of luck in his new endeavors.”
“I am very grateful to the University of Mary for the opportunity I received to coach at the school and really enjoyed my time on campus,” said Walsh. “My kids grew up at U-Mary but this is the time to make a career change. I know the university will continue to take good care of the baseball program. With the people returning next year the team will be in good shape. I would like to thank all the players and families over the years that have made coaching at U-Mary a great experience for me.”
Walsh took over the Marauders baseball program in 2006 as U-Mary began the transition to NCAA Division II from the NAIA. He also managed the program in all five seasons U-Mary has competed in the Northern Sun, one of the top baseball conferences in the country. Six times Marauders garnered all-Northern Sun honors, player and pitcher of the week recognition was bestowed on U-Mary players six times, and conference all-academic honors were earned 35 times. Twice his players received all-region honors.
The Marauders baseball program under Walsh also produced U-Mary’s first student-athlete drafted by a major professional sports organization when Andy Leer was selected by the Minnesota Twins in 2010. Another one of his players also was offered a professional contract in independent baseball.
Walsh arrived at U-Mary in 1992 as the head softball coach. In 14 seasons, his teams won 13 consecutive conference titles. The Marauders won seven regional titles and advanced to the NAIA national tournament seven times. Perennially a nationally ranked program, the Marauders finished fourth in 2003.
A search for a new head baseball coach will commence shortly.