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Tim Walsh Named Head Football Coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School


Santa Margarita Catholic High School announces the appointment of Tim Walsh as the school’s head football coach effective immediately.

Tim Walsh joins the SMCHS Eagles from Cal Poly San Louis Obispo where for the past 10 years he held the position of head coach. Prior to coaching with the Cal Poly Mustangs, Walsh was head coach at Portland State University. He coached the Vikings of Portland State for 14 years after spending 15 years as an offensive and defensive coordinator at the collegiate and high school levels. Walsh is the second-winningest coach in the history of the Big Sky Conference, tallying 74 conference wins. 

“This is a true honor to be the head football coach at Santa Margarita Catholic High School,” Walsh said. “It is a school rich in tradition and I am excited to get to work.” 

Walsh began his coaching career at Junipero Serra High School in San Mateo, Calif. where he spent four years as an assistant coach working with the football, basketball and baseball programs. He then continued his coaching career at Moreau High School in Hayward, Calif. before eventually making his way on to the college scene at Santa Clara and Sonoma State universities. During his career, Walsh has seen many of his student-athletes earn college football scholarships and play in the NFL.

A native of San Francisco, Walsh played quarterback at the University of California, Riverside where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history. Walsh also holds a teaching credential from The College of Notre Dame.

“Tim is a devout Catholic with the experience, leadership and culture-centric style to lead our football program,” said Santa Margarita Catholic High School Assistant Principal of Athletics Jim Hartigan.  

Walsh replaces Coach Brent Vieselmeyer who resigned from his position to join the defensive coaching staff of the Washington Redskins returning to the NFL.

Santa Margarita Catholic High School is a college-preparatory school under the leadership of the Diocese of Orange.  The school strives to develop students who are people of faith, skilled lifelong learners, healthy individuals and involved citizens of the world.


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