Walsh Becomes Third Head Coach In Program's History
Utah State University vs. Sacramento State February 28, 2014
Nadalie Walsh is in her second season as Utah State's head gymnastics coach after leading the Aggies to their first NCAA Regional Championship in seven years during her first year with USU.
During the 2014 season, Walsh guided Utah State to a fifth-seed at the NCAA Regional Championship, the school's first regional appearance since 2007, after placing fifth at the Mountain Rim Gymnastics Championship with a season-high score of 196.075, which was the fifth-highest score in school history and its highest since the 2003 season.
Walsh, who is just the third head coach in the program's 37 years, mentored four Aggies to all-conference honors in her first season at Utah State in senior Paige Jones, junior Sarah Landes, sophomore Michelle Yasukochi and freshman Bailey McIntire. Jones earned first-team honors on both bars (T-3rd) and floor (T-3rd), and second-team honors on vault (T-4th), while Yasukochi earned second-team honors on beam (T-5th). Landes earned second-team all-conference honors on floor (T-6th) and in the all-around (T-6th), and McIntire earned second-team honors on floor (T-6th).
During the 2014 season, Walsh led Utah State to its best start to a season since 1999, as USU began the year with wins against Iowa and Southern Utah on the road, and BYU at home. Throughout the course of the season, USU reached the 196-point mark in three consecutive meets. Prior to last season, Utah State had hit the 196-point mark just 10 times.
Utah State also recorded the best vault average in school history during the 2014 season (48.904), which included the second-best vault score in school history with a 49.275 in a quad meet at UC Davis. Furthermore, USU scored five of the top 10 vault scores in school history during the season.
The Aggie gymnasts also tallied the fourth-best floor average during the season (48.791). This included two Aggies who reached the 9.900 mark three different times during the season.
The North Central Region also recognized Walsh's assistants, Josh Nilson and Andi Dolinsky, as the Assistant Coaches of the Year as well as Senior Associate Athletics Director Dr. Brian Evans as the Administrator of the Year.
Prior to Utah State, Walsh spent six seasons as head coach at Ball State. While at Ball State, Walsh 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 national 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 (13), Ireland (11) and Valient (10).