Walsh Becomes Third Head Coach In Program's History
Utah State University vs. Sacramento State February 28, 2014
Walsh has guided the Aggies to three consecutive NCAA Regional Championships. Her career record with Utah State stands at 19-47 overall, including 26-24 in the regular season and 15-11 in dual meets.
In 2016, Utah State was seeded sixth at the 2016 Salt Lake City Regional, but placed fifth with a team score of 195.025, finishing ahead of Mountain Rim Gymnastics Conference-rival Southern Utah.
Bailey McIntire led the Aggies to a fourth-place finish at the MRGC Championships as she earned first-team all-league honors by tying for first in the all-around with a career-high score of 39.425.
The native of Kearney, Mo., also earned first-team all-conference honors on both beam and bars as she tied for second and placed third, respectively, with scores of 9.850 (career high) and 9.900 (tied career high). McIntire earned second-team all-league honors on vault as she tied for sixth with a 9.825.
Jillian Chappel earned second-team all-MRGC honors on vault, as well, as she tied for sixth with a 9.825, while Hayley Sanzotti garnered second-team all-league accolades as she tied for fifth on beam with a 9.825.
Utah State competed against in-state rivals BYU, Southern Utah and Utah in 2016, going a combined 4-4 against those three schools. The Aggies are 6-2 against the Cougars over the past two years, including a 2-1 mark last season. Utah State faced the Thunderbirds four times in 2016 and went 2-2.
Utah State had nine different gymnasts earn event wins last year, collecting 22 event titles overall, to go along with seven all-around crowns. McIntire led the team in event wins with six.
The Aggies averaged 48.833 on bars in 2016, the second-highest average in school history behind the 49.100 set by the 2003 squad. Utah State also averaged 48.708 on beam (fourth-highest in school history), 48.852 on floor (fifth) and 48.704 on vault (seventh).
The 2015 campaign concluded with a fifth-place finish with a team score of 195.150 at the NCAA Berkeley Regional. Prior to that, the Aggies placed fourth at the MRGC Championships, where Sarah Landes and McKinzey Martinez earned second-team all-league honors in the all-around, while Miranda Kerr garnered all-conference honors on vault.
Walsh’s Aggies hit their stride at the end of the 2015 regular season as Utah State recorded two of the top four scores in school history with a 196.350 at home against BYU and a 196.325 just two days later at Sacramento State.
Furthermore, the Aggies tallied the top vault season average in school history in 2015 with a 48.904.
In Walsh’s first season at the helm, she guided the Aggies to a No. 5 seed at the 2014 NCAA Regional Championships, the school’s first appearance at regionals since 2007. Prior to competing in regionals, Utah State placed fifth at the MRGC Championships with a season-high score of 196.075, its highest score since the 2003 campaign.
The Aggies reached the 196-point mark in three consecutive meets during the season. Prior to that, the program had hit the 196-point plateau just 10 times.
Utah State opened the Walsh era with three consecutive dual-meet victories, capped by a 193.200-192.900 win over BYU. Prior to beating the Cougars, the Aggies had lost nine straight in the series and 22 of the last 23 overall. Under Walsh, though, USU is 7-4 against BYU.
Walsh mentored four Aggies to all-conference honors in Landes, McIntire, Paige Jones and Michelle Yasukochi. Jones earned first-team honors on both bars and floor, and second-team honors on vault. Yasukochi earned second-team honors on beam, Landes earned second-team honors on floor and in the all-around, and McIntire earned second-team honors on floor.
Since taking over the program, eight different gymnasts have garnered all-league honors under Walsh, while 18 more have earned academic all-MRGC accolades.
Prior to Utah State, Walsh spent six seasons as the head coach at Ball State, where she coached six different gymnasts to the NCAA Regional Championships for a total of 10 appearances, as well as four Mid-American Conference individual event champions, including two on bars, one on vault and one on floor. She also coached one MAC Senior Athlete of the Year as part of eight all-Mid American Conference gymnasts during her tenure at Ball State.
In 2013, Walsh guided Ball State to its highest team Regional Qualifying Score (RQS) in school history with a 193.820. Her teams are also in the BSU record books for breaking the school record for team vaulting score (49.000), as well as tying the individual school record for top score on floor with a 9.95 by Denasiha Christian in 2013, as part of coaching nine individuals into the top-five marks in school history.
Off the floor of competition, Walsh’s teams earned 12 academic all-MAC accolades. Ball State had a perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) in 2009, as well as a near 1.000 APR score in the other five years of her tenure.
Prior to Ball State, Walsh spent four years (2004-07) as the head coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, her alma mater. In 2007, her final season at UW-Oshkosh, Walsh guided the Titans to the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association (NCGA) National Championship. The NCGA is the governing body for college gymnastics for NCAA Division III schools. It was UW-Oshkosh’s second national title in the program’s history and the first since 1989. The title win by the Walsh-led Titans in 2007 halted a six-year reign by UW-La Crosse.
In four seasons at UW-Oshkosh, Walsh mentored the program from not qualifying for nationals in her first season, to finishing sixth at the NCGA National Championships in 2004, to a third-place finish in 2005 before winning the 2007 national title. Walsh was named the NCGA Coach of the Year in 2006 and also earned Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletics Conference Coach of the Year accolades in 2005 and 2006, as well as Division III West Regional Coach of the Year honors in 2005, 2006 and 2007.
During her UW-Oshkosh tenure, Walsh coached 13 All-Americans, including nine in 2007. She also mentored five UW-Oshkosh team school records, as well as numerous individual marks.
Before becoming UW-Oshkosh’s head coach, Walsh was an assistant coach for the Titans from 2001-03. She coached the 2000 Division III national floor champion, as well as the national runner-up in 2001, in helping the Titans to a second-place finish at nationals in 2001.
A native of Kewaskum, Wis., Walsh earned her bachelor’s degree in exercise science and fitness from UW-Oshkosh in 2000. She and her husband, Victor, have three children Aiden (15), Ireland (13) and Valient (12).
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