Sunday, October 24, 2021

End of an era at BC High when Norm Walsh, the longtime baseball coach, was let go

Norm Walsh suggested that the 2022 season would be the end of his coaching career at BC High, but the school had different ideas.

BC High has announced that they will start looking for a new baseball coach for the upcoming season, as Walsh’s contract has not been renewed. The news was the end of one of the most professional careers in state history. A member of the BC High, Massachusetts State Coaches Association and the National High School Baseball Hall of Fame, Walsh has 622 games and three Div. 1 state titles in his four decades at the helm.

“They’ve been trying to get me back to 2019 for a while,” Walsh said. ‘I then told them that I wanted to coach 2020 and 2021 and that I would be finished. When 2020 did not happen, I just assumed that they would let me coach next year. I did not think I was unreasonable given what we achieved, but I do not think. ‘

In a statement released by the school earlier Wednesday, BC High athletics director Jon Bartlett praised Walsh’s legendary run at the school.

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“Coach Walsh has had incredible success over the years in leading the baseball program,” Bartlett said. ‘On behalf of the school and the hundreds of student-athletes he has coached, I thank him from the bottom of my heart for his dedication and dedication to the program and for his many years of service. Coach Walsh has put together a top baseball program that is well positioned for future success. ”

The search for BC High’s next baseball coach will begin immediately.

In other high school news, Bedford and Burlington will take on each other on Thanksgiving Day. This year’s game will be at Burlington and next year’s game at Bedford. The move comes as a result of Bedford’s decision to end its Thanksgiving Day rivalry with Concord-Carlisle.

With these two squares, there are rumors that Lexington and Concord-Carlisle will renew their rivalry in Turkey. Lexington and Concord-Carlisle played on Thanksgiving from 1924-73 before Lexington named Burlington as a Turkey Day opponent.

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