Mike Walsh served as Washington and Lee’s athletic director for 17 years, arriving in the fall of 1989 and holding the post until August of 2006.
W&L athletics flourished under Walsh’s guidance as he expanded the University’s broad-based varsity sport offerings, while also continuing to increase the staff and upgrade facilities in order to provide the best student-athlete experience possible.
During his tenure, the University added women’s basketball, equestrian and field hockey, while nine different facilities were either renovated or newly constructed. Most notable were the addition of the Duchossois Tennis Center, Cap’n Dick Smith Field (baseball), Watt Field (soccer, lacrosse) and the new Wilson Field (football, lacrosse, track & field).
Walsh’s additions to the department paid immediate dividends as evidenced by the 103 conference titles the Generals claimed on his watch, 76 more than had been won in the 10 years prior to his arrival. W&L won nearly 61 percent of its athletic contests during his 17 years and claimed the ODAC’s Commissioner’s Cup 10 times in the 12 years it was presented under his watch.
Washington and Lee also gained a national reputation with 51 teams advancing to NCAA Tournament play, while 288 athletes earned All-America honors during his time with the Generals.
His emphasis on the well-rounded student athlete is best exemplified by the fact that 29 students were named to various CoSIDA Academic All-America teams and 10 received the prestigious NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship during his tenure.
Walsh served on numerous national committees during his time with the Generals, including the NCAA Restructuring Committee. He also served as the chair of the NCAA Division III Membership Committee and was a member of the NCAA Division III Baseball Committee and the NCAA Baseball Rules Committee.