I believe by now it's was inevitable that Walsh time has been up years ago. The time is now for Walsh to step down, and the better of the School, and the Football Program. He has a teachers license, he can teach general academic subjects. Those kids who play their hearts out for Bradwell Institute Football deserves a lot better than what Walsh has given. Walsh is doing more harm than good, and because of that, he has to step down. Walsh has been Coaching at least 25 years. As far as I know, Jim Walsh Jr. was the Haed Football Coach at Johnson of Savannah for 6 years, and the 6 years he was there, he had one successful season back in 1992 going 10-2. This is what I do know.
Johnson High School Of Savannah. Walsh as Head Football Coach:
1988 5-6 .455%
1989 0-10 .000%
1990 3-7 .300%
1991 4-6 .400%
1992 10-2 .833%
1993 2-7 .222%
Arrival At Bradwell Institute As Head Football Coach and Athletic Director
1994 4-6 .400%
1995 4-5 .444%
1996 10-2 .833%
1997 10-2 .833%
1998 7-3 .700%
1999 2-8 .200%
2000 7-4 .636%
2001 9-2 .818%
2002 9-2 .818%
2003 7-4 .636%
2004 9-2 .818%
2005 5-4 .556%
2006 6-6 .500%
2007 5-6 .455%
2008 8-4 .667%
2009 6-5 .545%
2010 3-7 .300%
2011 1-9 .100%
*2012 0-5 .000%
* On going football season.
Coach Jim Walsh Jr. Overall record is 135-124-0 .521%
If your child scores a 50% on a test, is that acceptable? I don't think so. Coach Walsh Walsh is functioning overall at .521%. Just a little over 50%. That sounds like failure to me.
The sad part is they still havent got to the meat of their schedule yet...
The Glynn Academy record is misleading, the losses are to 3-2 Brunswick who plays in the toughest region in the state,some say the nation. Region 1-AAAAAA,wich includes Camden County,Lowndes,Coffee,Colquitt,Valdosta and Tift County.
The other two losses are to the top two teams in the region, Richmond Hill and Ware County. They have also beaten Bradwell 6 of the last 7 years with the one loss coming in 2009. so it dont look good for B.I.
A little somthing to think about.. This is Coach Walsh's 19th year at B.I.. In that span if you include this year, he has had a losing season 8 times.
In the previous 19 yrs before his arrival with 3 different head coaches i might add, B.I. had 1 losing season in 1982 when they went 4-6.
And yes, there was only one high school but there was NO FEEDER SYSTEM. So please let that go. It aint gonna happen....
the troops weren't deploying all the time then. the kids got to stay here for more time. also there was no rule stopping kids from playing their first year at a new school like there is now. if a football player comes to bradwell from another school he is NOT allowed to play till he has been going to bradwell for one year. that has limited some of the better football playing kids from playing.
While I have never disagreed with SF31313, Hollaback, JimmyMack, etc., I will say you make some valid points that allude to a broader point I have always tried to make. I think it should be obvious to everyone that this is not the same school, the same BOE, or the same community that bred athletic success at BI. 20 years ago, BI was successful at everything. It was envied by neighboring communities. Everyone wanted their child to attend BI, whether they lived in Liberty County or not. College professors loved to have students from BI in their classes. Sadly, it is no longer that school. What it has become is a direct reflection of what the community has become. We are a group of people who happen to live in close proximity. We are not a community. People tend to take pride in what they consider to be their own. There are very few people left in the Hinesville area that claim or even desire to claim Hinesville as their own. Is it a trend that can be reversed? Can we get it back? I honestly do not know, but in the meantime, I do not see any substantial change in the immediate future.
That being said, does the BI football program need a change in direction? Shouldn’t they at least be able to handle the Savannah public schools? I would think so. Even a return to the first round state playoffs “one-and-done” days would be an improvement at this point.
Coach Ron Beaucham 10-4 Region Champions: Made The Post Season Playoffs: Beat Valdosta and Loss in the South Georgia Championship to Warner Robins, who won the State Title the following week to Brookwood
Coach Ron Beaucham 8-4 Made The Post Season Playoffs: Lost to Brunswick for the Region Title 9-7
Coach Ron Beaucham 8-3 Post Season Playoffs: Desert Shield Deployment and Desert Storm Deployment
Lost to Effingham County for the Region Title
*1991 Desert Storm On Going: Cease Fire in Iraq April of 2001
Coach Ross New 8-5 Region Champions: made the Post Season Playoffs:Lost to Colquitt County in the Quarter Finals who lost to LaGrange for the State Title.
*1992 Operation Iraq Freedom
Coach Ross New 6-5
Lost the To Camden County For the Region Championship
Coach Ross New 5-5
Regular Season Over
Coach Jim Walsh Jr.
In my humble opinion Tiger 5,
I really don't think that the Deployment of Troops which may or may not have their families leave to live to with families away from Hinesville had anything to do with it. I also don't believe that all or the majority of the talent resided with Military dependents. Their were some, (military dependents) but I believe the majority of the talent were people who were not from active military personnel families.
If you look at the photos on Tiger Walk, how many were from active military families? There were some, but the majority I believe were from within the County.
However; Tiger 5 I agree with you about the change in the community. I spoke about that on jasonwade74's last blog.
After stating my case here, I truly honestly believe that it is time for Coach Jim Walsh Jr. to step down or just simply retire. Whichever is suitable for him. The program is in a miserable rut, shambles, and he can't get it out. Time has come a long time ago for change. We need a Positive Coach with the extreme desire to turn this program around, and bring back the pride, respect, and winning tradition that we can believe in back to Bradwell Institute.
back then when the kids moved back they could jump right on the team, the state rule ending that came later. during desert storm very few of the older kids left the area. the parents stayed so they could Finnish.
I agree with you, SF. Deployment may have had some impact, but by no means has it had this sort of an impact. The new rule that gacpl is talking about also plays a role, although in my opinion a very small role. It was implicated to try to eliminate recruiting. I am not exactly sure how it reads, but nevertheless, it doesnt cause Bradwell Institute to be this bad. I stand by my statement above as well as a post on Jasonwade's blog.
it plays a bigger role then you think, the soldiers have been here a year then gone a year since around 2001. this is the longest that they have stayed put, but they are on the move again. the wives have been leaving the area for the most part when the guys go over seas. that brings a kid out of the program that year, then when they come back next year, they still can't play till the following year. they don't keep practicing to be up to speed when they are not on a team. so when they get on one a lot of them drop out due to the pain of getting in shape again. some stay the course, but never get to where they are effective.
"it plays a bigger role then you think, the soldiers have been here a year then gone a year since around 2001. this is the longest that they have stayed put, but they are on the move again. the wives have been leaving the area for the most part when the guys go over seas"
This is not so with the older military families. I went through a few deployments with the 3ID and the only families we had that would leave the area were young families with no or small children. Not any that had high school age kids left the I knew of.
I understand where you are coming from. But it has little reason as to why Bradwell Institute football is in the shape that it is currently in. No reason. Walsh excuses have all run out. Time for Walsh to go.
Richmond Hill 49
Bradwell finished with just 56 yards of total offense, and the Wildcat defense held the Tigers to minus-10 yards on the ground.
Not surprising.... It would surprise me if they had won... Time for Walsh,his supporters, and all of his cadre to go...... I've seen a Junior Varsity Football Team being coached better than this.....