Sean Walsh | Hitting Coach
Alma Mater: N.C. State
Office Phone: (919) 538-2387
Coach Walsh will be entering his fifth season serving as Hitting Coach for the Tornados while also coaching the infielders and serving as the Junior College Recruiting Coordinator.
In his time at Brevard College, the Tornados have had a lot of team as well as individual success offensively. In just his second year as Hitting Coach, Brevard rose to 12th in the nation in team batting average with a .328 team average. The team also ranked in the top 50 in various other offensive categories.
Individual honors for players coached by Walsh have include the team’s first All-Conference performer in Randy O’Dell in 2011. Second baseman Chad Funkhouser received South Atlantic Conference Freshman of the Year honors in 2012, which was another first in school history. Outfielder Champ Stuart received All-Conference honors in 2012 and 2013, and became the highest draft pick in Brevard College history after being selected in the 6th round by the New York Mets in 2013.
Prior to his coaching career, Walsh played collegiately at Radford University before transferring to N.C. State University where he was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in 2001.
Walsh spent 4 Seasons in the Phillies farm system, advancing as high as Double-A with the Reading Phillies. Walsh was a minor league teammate of current big leaguers Ryan Howard, Cole Hamels, Carlos Ruiz and Gavin Floyd. In August 2003 while with the High-A Clearwater Phillies, Walsh received organizational Player on the Month honors for having the best month for a position player in the entire minor league system.
After his time with the Phillies, Walsh spent two more years playing professionally. During a season with the Fullerton Flyers of the Golden Baseball League, Walsh was an All-Star third baseman and ranked second in the league with a .357 batting average. Walsh spent the next season with the Winnipeg Goldeyes on the Northern League, where he was also selected to the All-Star team as a third baseman.
Walsh now lives in Brevard with beautiful wife Candice, who works with the national non-profit called Inheritance of Hope. They are expecting their first child, a baby girl who is due September 1st.