Decorated cross-country and track coach Walsh steps down as W&M's director

The Virginia Gazette

William and Mary Director of Cross Country and Track and Field Stephen Walsh resigned Tuesday to pursue a career outside of athletics, according to a W&M release.

A national search for a replacement is planned following Walsh's departure; he held the post as the director of the combined programs for five seasons.

"We would like to thank Stephen Walsh for his leadership of the cross country and track and field programs over the last six years," William and Mary Athletics Director Terry Driscoll said in the release. "During his time, he led the Tribe to 12 total Colonial Athletic Association Championships and helped mold exemplary student-athletes, who excelled in the classroom and on the track. We wish him well in moving toward a different avenue in his career."

Walsh said in the release it was a tough decision for him to leave. "I think that the teams are in a great place to move forward, and I'll look forward to seeing the coaches and athletes achieve much more success in the coming years."

During his six years at William and Mary, Walsh led the Tribe cross-country teams to 10 CAA titles, and also claimed a pair of conference championships on the track. The women's cross-country team made three-straight NCAA appearances from 2012-14 and had NCAA outdoor finals qualifiers every year since 2012 and indoors every year since 2014.

The men's cross-country team made NCAAs in 2010, while two men qualified for the 2016 indoor track and field championships and the Tribe was represented at the outdoor championships in 2011, 2012, and 2015.

Walsh's personal accolades include being named CAA Men's Cross Country Coach of the Year all six seasons. In 2012-13, he also swept the men's and women's Track and Field Coach of the Year honors.

Men's basketball

Sean Sheldon, who graduated in the spring, signed over the weekend to play professionally in Romania, joining top-flight Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu.

Sheldon became the 13th William and Mary player under head coach Tony Shaver to sign a professional contract.

Energia Rovinari Targu Jiu placed fourth in Romania's top league in 2014-15, earning a spot in the FIBA Europe Cup last season.

The 6-9 forward started each game his senior season, averaging career highs of 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Track and field

Sophomore Regan Rome was named CAA Women's Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

This is the ninth time in the 27-year history of the league that a Tribe athlete has been named Athlete of the Year.

William and Mary's Brian Waterfield was named the Colonial Athletic Association's Men's Track and Field Athlete of the Year.

Women's lacrosse

Defender Abby Junior has been selected to try out for the 2016-17 U.S. Women's National Team.

The tryout will feature 105 of the country's elite women's lacrosse players and will be held from Aug. 5-7 at the national team training center in Maryland.

Joining Junior at the tryout will be Tribe assistant coach Kara Mupo, who just completed her first season as a W&M coach.

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