Cougar Profile: Head Student Manager Ben Walsh

11 Jan

Ben Walsh is in his third season as the head student manager and first season as the film coordinator for the College of Charleston men’s basketball team.

Walsh, a middle level education major originally from Charleston, hopes to use his experience with the basketball program to someday coach on the Division I or high school level. Aside from hoops, his hobbies include long-distance running, fishing and spending time with his family. He has 15 first-cousins who live in the area, including three who also attend The College.

A 2008 graduate of Bishop England Catholic High School, Walsh was a three-year letterwinner in basketball and swimming for the Bishops. He also specialized in the backstroke and butterfly events competing for the Northbridge Terrace Swimming Team for 14 years, and now, serves as an assistant coach in the summer months for the last four years.

He is the son of Michael and Sharon Walsh. His father is also a CofC graduate and was a three-year varsity swimmer for the Cougars. The family lived two years in Columbus, Ohio, as his father earned his doctorate degree from The Ohio State University.

The younger Walsh grew to love CofC Basketball at a very young age. He first started going to games as the elder Walsh, an adjunct professor who taught 300-level health and physical education courses and currently teaches at Orange Grove Charter School in West Ashley, received faculty/staff tickets at the old John Kresse Arena. Due to this early exposure to the program, Walsh is a walking encyclopedia when it comes to sports facts, especially when it comes to reciting Cougar Basketball history.

He and fellow student manager, Will Winston, are among the many behind-the-scenes support staff members who are vital to the program day-in and day-out.

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