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VIDEO: OUTSIDE THE LINES: Lourdes Coach Walsh Prep Work Never Ends

POUGHKEEPSIE –   Coming off a 35-33 football win over Yorktown on Friday, and another League title under his belt, Lourdes head coach Brian Walsh still never stops prepping and planning.  While the players had the day off on Saturday, Coach Walsh was reviewing film and game plans for the up-coming game against John Jay Cross River.   “I’ll spend time on Saturday looking at films and then we’ll get together as coaches on Sunday for between six to eight hours putting together strategies”, said coach Walsh.  “Then I’ll go home and spend probably another couple of hours drawing up strategy plans.”

It’s part of the life of a high school football coach between August and November.

It’s the time put in outside the confines of the two hours of a weekend football game, that brings the success that coach Brian Walsh and his teams have enjoyed dating back to his 26 years at Brewster high school from 1979-2005.

“I was thinking of retiring at that time but then an opportunity presented itself at John Jay East Fishkill and I felt I had to look into it. It’s right in my backyard.”, said Walsh.  Meanwhile, the folks at John Jay were hoping Walsh could bring some of the success he had with the Bears to a failing Patriots football program.  Walsh had compiled 166 wins at Brewster, several league and sectional championships and two appearances in the New York State Championship game at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in 1997 and 1999.  John Jay was coming off a 2-6 season when Walsh arrived in 2005.

It took Coach Walsh just two short seasons to bring John Jay football to the heights the program had not seen before.  In 2007, the Patriots were League Champions and then the team repeated as champs in 2009.  Since planting his seeds of success, current head coach Tom O’Hare has continued the legacy to a Sectional Championship and has consistently positioned John Jay as one of the perennial powerhouses in Section One Class AA.  The Patriots are currently 5-0 this season with three of those wins by shut out.

After turning around the program at John Jay, Walsh took on his next challenge; bringing success to a failing Lourdes football program.   When Walsh arrived, the team used an area of grass on the side of the school building as its practice field and played its home games at nearby Stitzel field that converted its baseball field to a gridiron; complete with a pitchers mound and dirt infield. The practice field at Lourdes didn’t even have goal posts so come game time, extra points were always an adventure and the thought of a field goal attempt was out of the question.
Fast forward a few years later and Lourdes now enjoys an up-to-date all weather field, with stands for spectators, an electronic scoreboard, a professional sound system and press box, and an all weather track circling the turf field.
In Walsh’s time here at Lourdes he has guided the Warriors to league championships, sectional championships and a trip to the State Championship at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse in 2015.
All the success has not changed the way Walsh conducts business.  He continues to spend hours upon hours in preparation for each game including this week’s match up at John Jay Cross River on Friday October 5th at 7pm


COACH WALSH’S COACHING CAREER:

Yorktown HS Head Coach  JV ‘71,72

Yorktown HS Asst Varsity Coach  ‘73,74

Western Connecticut State Univ: Offensive Coordinator’75,’76

Henry County HS (Georgia) Head Coach ‘77,’78

Brewster HS Head coach 79-2004

John Jay EF  Head coach 2005-‘09

Our Lady of Lourdes Head Coach: 2010-present



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