Dunmorean of the Month: Bridget Walsh

Bridget Walsh recently received the Grant Burger Media Award in Division III Sports Information category. She is a Sports Information Graduate Assistant at King’s College, Wilkes-Barre. (Photo courtesy: Tom Weishaar/One More Shot Photography)

By Steve Svetovich

Bridget Walsh, 24, Dunmore, recently received the Grant Burger Media Award in Division III Sports Information category.

Daughter of Mike and Cathy Walsh, Dunmore, the Scranton Prep graduate is a King’s College Sports Information Graduate Assistant. She is scheduled to receive an M.S. in Sports Administrators this May from Canisius College, Buffalo, New York. 

Walsh received her B.S. in Communications Cum Laude in 2019 from DeSales University where she was a four-year member of the basketball team. She was a key player for the DeSales basketball team helping the squad to an NCAA Sweet 16 appearance as a senior.

She played four years of both basketball and softball at Scranton Prep. She was a Lackawanna League first-team Division I all-star in both sports as a senior and for softball as a sophomore. 

The Grant Burger Media Award is a national honor provided on an annual basis to an individual who has been involved in the advancement of the sport of volleyball through consistent coverage of all mediums. It is presented by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA). 

Grant Burger was former Director of Sports Information and Associate Director of the AVCA from 1988 through 1992. 

King’s College head men’s volleyball coach Bernie Kachinko called Walsh “highly motivated, well rounded, very organized in taking pride at getting the job done right.” He said Walsh is “a winner who sets very high standards for herself.”

Walsh, during her assistantship, is in charge of media contact for both the men’s and women’s volleyball teams at King’s. 

With the women’s volleyball team, she helped promote a team with 21 wins. She assisted in promoting Becca Goldberg and Taylor Mueller, All-MAC Freedom Award winners, and also nominated two Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Players of the Week.

She was the head contact for the inaugural varsity season of King’s College men’s volleyball. She helped promote five MAC Players of the Week before the season was halted due to COVID-19.

James Chagnon, King’s College Director of Sports Information, said there is no more deserving individual than Bridget Walsh. He added Walsh has become one of the leaders in coverage of college volleyball. He praised the Dunmore resident’s connection with student-athletes, adding she has a strong work ethic second to none and a bright future in sports information. 

Walsh was also a four-year student worker in the sports information department during her time at DeSales University. 

She became a graduate assistant in the sports information department at King’s College in the summer of 2019. And she has remained there since, covering home games of several sports and daily sports related events. 

“Three of us are department contacts for a handful of sports,” she said. “I have seven of them to cover. I do pre game reports, lineups, press releases, contacts for game day, game recaps, nominate players for honors and awards. And that is just a small aspect of the job. It is definitely a busy job and over 40 hours of work a week, but I love it. It’s a very big job. There is a lot involved. I love every second of it.

“I love being in sports information on the college level. My goal after graduation is to go full time into an assistant role in sports information and then move into a sports information director position on the college level. And then the goal down the road someday would be moving into a sports administration position.”

Walsh, while at DeSales, completed an internship in the sports department of The Scranton Times in the summer of 2017. She worked under Scranton Times sports editor Chris Imperiale and learned from the likes of Marty Myers, Joby Fawcett, Donnie Collins, Scott Walsh and other notable sports writers. “They are a great group of guys and I learned a lot,” she said.

“I even had the opportunity of doing a big feature on the Scranton Wilkes Barre RailRiders.”

The hard working graduate student said her parents have always been an inspiration. “Growing up, I was not always confident about choosing a career path,” she said. “But we grew up with sports and my parents knew I loved it. My dad loves Notre Dame and watches all the games. I was admiring the work of the Notre Dame sideline reporter, Alex Flanagan. My parents told me I can do that. And they made me believe it.

“Initially, I wanted to get into sports broadcast journalism and then I leaned towards print journalism. I found out it is not a wide open field now. I did an internship in sports information as a college junior and fell in love with it. So it all fell into place. But my mom and dad gave me the inspiration.

“My parents always taught me about hard work and dedication. Both were always extremely hard workers and they taught me that.”

Walsh said there is nothing like the experience of playing four years of college basketball. “It will always be one of the most memorable, rewarding experiences of my life. I made friends to last a lifetime. The teamwork skills you learn take you through life. The teammates you have create a special bond that lasts a lifetime. My dad came to every single one of my games.” 

Walsh is enjoying the contacts and friends she is making in the sports information world. “I have met so many people. I will be able to network when graduation comes along. I have learned so much and am enjoying every minute of it.”

Dunmore’s Bridget Walsh Finishes Off DeSales Hoops Career in Style

Bridget Walsh action shotBy Steve Svetovich

Dunmore resident Bridget Walsh, Scranton Prep graduate, wrapped up her DeSales University basketball career in the “Sweet 16” tournament with her team losing to Ithaca, 76-75, in Brunswick, Maine, Friday, March 8.

Daughter of Michael and Cathy Walsh, Dunmore, Bridget played four years of Division III basketball for DeSales.

She dropped in 19 points, including 7-for-7 from the free throw line, in the nail biting loss to Ithaca.

DeSales advanced to the “Sweet 16” with its 22nd consecutive win over Middleburg.

The DeSales senior was a big part of the team in her junior season when she appeared in 27 games, including 18 starts, averaging 6.6 points per game. Bridget, a center-forward, averaged about nine points and nine rebounds and three blocks per game this season.

She became the school’s all-time shot blocker with 182, beating the previous mark of 155. Bridget broke she single season DeSales record for blocked shots with 80, beating the previous mark of 55.

Bridget is currently applying to different graduate schools where she would like to receive an assistantship in sports management or sports information. She would also like to be a graduate assistant women’s basketball coach. “That is a dream of mine,” she said. “I want to coach women’s college basketball.”

Bridget has a 3.3 grade point average at DeSales. She is editor-in-chief of “The Mintrel,” the campus newspaper. She was sports editor for the past two years.

Bridget Walsh team“I want to stay involved in college athletics,” she said. “I have been in love with college athletics ever since I got here. I would love to help student-athletes in the future. I want to get involved in sports information or management on the college level.”

The DeSales senior is a member of Character U, a program at the school that helps transition freshmen from high school to college life.

“It’s nice to see the kids grow,” she said.

The talented center-forward talked about the success of the team. “We played a lot of basketball this summer in preparation for the season,” she said. “We stressed defense and averaged a lot of points per game. A lot of our points came from the result of our defensive pressure. It was huge with our transition game. Our defense was a big part of our success.

“Our defense and connection on the court was the biggest reason for our success. We had three seniors leading the way and a great freshman class which was crucial coming in.”

DeSales, coached by Fred Richter, finished the season 27-3.

“We learned so much from coach Richter,” said Bridget. “He taught us not only about basketball, but to be a better person and a success in life. He teaches us what we need to do to run our lives after college and basketball.”

The senior stalwart said she owes a lot of her success to her parents.

“My parents taught me to make the most of opportunities and not take anything for granted. My parents both worked hard in life to help provide me with opportunities. They taught me to be the best version of myself.”

Bridget played four years of basketball at Scranton Prep and was first team All Conference as a senior.

She is a sports communications major with a minor in journalism and sports management at DeSales University.

Scranton Prep graduate hones her hoop game at DeSales University

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By Steve Svetovich

Former Scranton Prep basketball standout Bridget Walsh, a Dunmore native, always loved playing the game.

And she continues to enjoy it as much as ever as a sophomore center for DeSales University.

Daughter of Michael and Cathy Walsh, Dunmore, Bridget is a sophomore communications major at DeSales.

She has a 3.2 grade point average and is playing about 8-9 minutes a game as the backup center under DeSales basketball coach Fred Richter. She is averaging about three points and three rebounds in those minutes. She has been a steady contributor to the team.

A two-year member of the DeSales basketball team, Bridget is seeing much more playing time this season and has learned a lot from coach Richter.

“He preaches defense like my coaches in the past,” she said. “We play an up tempo game. He also teaches us there is more to life than basketball. He understands we are student-athletes.”

Ross Macciocco was Bridget’s basketball coach at Prep where she had a highly successful career.

walshShe talked about the difference between high school and college basketball.

“It’s a much more up tempo game, but with a lot of the same principles.

“I love the team here. There are a lot of local faces. We have Morgan Birnelin and Katie Miller from Honesdale and Molly Jansco from Wallenpaupack. We are a close knit unit.”

The scholar-athlete said she loves the basketball and college atmosphere at DeSales. “I absolutely love it. It is a different feel. It is a great atmosphere. The coaches make the game enjoyable.

“I love everything about the college life here. It is not far from home. It is close to Allentown, so it is in a great location. It has a very homey feel. It’s kinda like home.”

Bridget said she would like to become a sports broadcaster/commentator when she graduates. She is hoping to do a sports broadcasting internship locally this summer.

She talked about the team goals. “We are 6-1 right now. We want to finish strong, win our conference and compete in the NCAA tournament at a high level. We have a mixture of young and veteran players who have high hopes. We are looking for a lot of success now and in the near future.”

And her future goals? “I want to get my grade point average up, continue playing basketball, get a good internship and eventually be set with a good job when I graduate.”

In the meantime, Bridget keeps practicing her craft. It’s a game she loves.