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Patrick Walsh joined the Louisiana Tech Media Relations Department in 2009 and serves as the associate media relations director. He is the primary contact for football, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's track and field.
In his tenure at Louisiana Tech, Walsh has been responsible for the promotion of three national award winners (Ryan Allen, 2011 & 2012 Ray Guy Award; Colby Cameron, 2012 Sammy Baugh Award) as well as two other national award semifinalists (Colby Cameron, 2012 Davey O'Brien Award; Quinton Patton, 2012 Biletnikoff Award) .
Walsh is also credited with promoting the 2011 WAC Championship football team to a Poinsettia Bowl bid, highlighting the teams successes to various bowls as the Bulldogs became eligible for postseason play with a seven-game winning streak. He also promoted Tech's football team its the highest ranking in school history (18th - Associated Press; 19th - USA Today/Coaches; 20th - BCS) during the 2012 season.
He also promoted Chelsea Hayes to the 2012 Joe Kearney Award, given to the Western Athletic Conference's top athletes as Hayes became the first Louisiana Tech athlete to ever win that award. That season, Hayes went on to become the school's most decorated athlete with her sixth All-America honor and then promoted the long jumper as she qualified for Team USA, competing in the XXX Olympiad in London.
During the 2009-10 academic calendar year, Walsh promoted hurdler Antoinette Cobb for the Honda Inspiration Award as she set school and conference records after beating a case of colon cancer. Cobb became the first athlete from Louisiana and from the WAC to win that award.
Walsh came to Louisiana Tech from The Citadel, where he last served as the primary contact for baseball and cross country while serving as the secondary contact for football, as well as the webmaster for CitadelSports.com. He also oversaw game operations duties for The Citadel Baseball at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park.
At The Citadel, Walsh was involved with a trio of publications that were recognized on a national scale by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), with his 2007 track and field media guide finishing 24th in the nation. Walsh was heavily involved with the 2008 football guide that finished eighth among Division I-FCS programs and the 2006 football guide that was 12th among I-AA teams.
A member of CoSIDA, Walsh also serves on the Publications Committee and was a judge for the 2007 women's golf media guide publications contest.
Walsh arrived at The Citadel following a seven-month stint as the Sports Information Assistant at Newberry College in Newberry, S.C., a NCAA Division II member of the South Atlantic Conference. At Newberry, Walsh was responsible for media relations and game operations for Indians baseball, cross country, tennis and volleyball, as well as being the assistant contact for men's basketball.
Walsh was also in charge of marketing and promotions for several Newberry sports. His work helped lead Newberry Volleyball to a NCAA Division II top 20 ranking in attendance. In addition to those duties, Walsh was also the play-by-play announcer for Newberry volleyball and baseball radio broadcasts.
Walsh is a 2005 graduate of the University of South Carolina where he majored in Sport and Entertainment Management and was a member of the South Carolina Honors College. At USC, he was a student assistant in the Sports Information office where he worked with several Gamecock sports and was the public address announcer for South Carolina Baseball at Sarge Frye Field.
While at South Carolina, he was recognized by the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA) for his work on the 2003 South Carolina Track and Field Media Guide, which was named second in the nation, and for the 2002 South Carolina Volleyball Media Guide which placed first in the region.
Walsh, born in Oxford, Ohio, currently resides in Ruston.