Jim Walsh is the longest tenured assistant coach on Brett Boretti’s staff, in his 10th season alongside the Columbia skipper.
Walsh joined the Columbia staff as an assistant after serving as the head baseball coach at St. Peter’s College for four seasons.
During games, Walsh serves as the Lions' bench coach and spends time working with the outfielders. SInce joining the Columbia coaching staff, nine Lions' outfielders have accumulated 15 All-Ivy League selections, including the Ancient Eight's most recent three-time first team selection Dario Pizzano (2010-12).
The 2014 season was the most successful in program history with the Lions winning 29 games, winning their second straight Ivy League title and reaching the NCAA Tournament for the second consecutive season. Columbia's defense continues to shine under Walsh's guidance. In 2014, Columbia recorded a .975 overall fielding mark and a .983 conference-only mark, both surpassed program records set in 2013. The Lions also hit at a .279 clip in conference-only games, tops in the Ancient Eight.
In 2013, Columbia's defense shined, posting a .971 overall fielding percentage and Ivy League-best .981 mark in conference-only games, both program records. Walsh also assists with hitting instruction. Under Walsh's guidance, the Lions hit at a .286 clip in conference-only games, the best team batting average in the Ivy League.
Playing at Upsala College in East Orange, N.J. under coach Ed Lyons, who spent over 50 years in the game, Walsh was the 1989 New Jersey College Division Player of the Year as a pitcher and All-Middle Atlantic Conference as a designated hitter. He graduated in 1989 with a degree in business administration.
In 2001, Walsh’s Union Hill High School squad was 14-9 and earned berths in the state tournament and in the Hudson County playoffs. In his first season (2000), the Hillers also made the state and county playoffs, going 13-12 overall for Union Hill’s best record since the mid-1990s. During his time at Union, Walsh also served as the head freshman football coach and the assistant boys basketball coach.
Prior to his time at Union Hill, Walsh led River Dell High in Oradell, N.J. to exactly 100 wins, earning berths in the Bergen County and the state tournaments in each of his six seasons. His teams captured three straight Bergen County Scholastic League American Division titles during his tenure.
Walsh, a special education teacher for the Union City Board of Education, earned a master’s degree in education from New Jersey City University after graduating from Upsala.
In 2006, Walsh was elected to the Weehawken High School Hall of Fame as a three-sport athlete in baseball, football and basketball.
Walsh, his wife Susan, and two children, Kate and Jack, live in Westwood, N.J.