Former Guyer Football Star Joins the Coaching Ranks

Former Guyer Football Star Joins the Coaching Ranks

by Steve Gamel

J.W. Walsh, a former Guyer quarterback who went on to have a short career at Oklahoma State, has joined the coaching ranks as the new running backs coach at Abilene Christian University.

Walsh, the son of Guyer head coach John Walsh, was reported to have been hired by new ACU coach Adam Dorrel in an article published by the Denton Record-Chronicle on Dec. 23. This is Walsh’s first coaching gig, as he spent 2016 as an offensive graduate assistant coach
at TCU.

“The college game is what he wants to do,” Guyer coach John Walsh told the DRC. “This is the step he wants to take, and there’s several ways to get there, but getting his own position group and getting on the recruiting trail at his age is invaluable experience.”

J.W. Walsh, 24, was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year in 2012 while at OSU and finished his career with nearly 4,000 yards passing and 1,036 rushing yards. While at Guyer, he led the Wildcats to playoffs each year as the starting quarterback, including a loss to Cibolo Steele in the Class 5A state title game his senior year.

Walsh is one of a host of new hires by Dorrel, who won three Division II national titles at Northwest Missouri State over the last four seasons.

“[OSU coach Mike] Gundy gave him good advice. He told him last year that he knew the Oklahoma State way and he needed to go learn a different way,” John Walsh said. “[TCU coach Gary] Patterson is one of the best in the business. I think he’s learning this business on fast-forward.”

J.W. Walsh’s Career Highlights While At OSU

32 vs. Iowa State, 10/20/12

47 twice, last at West Virginia, 9/28/13

415 vs. Iowa State, 10/20/12

Passing TD
4 twice last at UTSA, 9/7/13

Long Pass
74 vs. Iowa State, 10/20/12

16 at West Virginia, 9/2813

Rushing Yards
125 vs. Mississippi State, 8/31/13

Rushing TD
2, twice, last vs. Florida State, 8/30/14

Long Rush
50 vs. Texas, 9/29/12

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