By Sultan Adepoju (Senior)
The Senn athletic department has had a big turnaround in the last three years.
In 2013 Mr. Terrell Walsh, Dean of Discipline, become the Athletic Director who handles everything from working with coaches to calling for the bus.
Walsh has been a long-time volleyball coach. In 2014-2015 the football team had no coach, so Walsh took over in order to help the team out. “The motivation for me was the groups of kids that have played on this team for more than two years. Due to the situation, of them being without a coach I took the challenge and stepped up and helped this team,” said Walsh.
In 2014-2015 the Senn High School football team had one of the best records in conference with six wins and one loss. Over the last three years Senn lost their homecoming game, but this year the Senn football team won. Coach Walsh said that his “proudest experience was winning Homecoming.”
In Senn High School academics come first. All students need to have good grades to be able to play sports. Walsh is helping Senn’s mission, and he sees sports as a way to improve education. He said, “Sports benefit teenagers in many ways, definitely academics. We always tell students, ‘student first athlete second’ because no matter what, you have to keep your academics strong. We want our athletes at Senn to realize academics come first no matter what. By then also bringing in the athletics, it teaches them leadership, teamwork, and critical thinking.”
During the football season Walsh acquired an injury while practicing with the team. He was out for two months. The cause of the injury was a football sled that went over his leg during practice. Yasmeen Lin, a junior at Senn High School, said, “Despite the fact that Mr.Walsh was injured he found his way to the practices and games. That’s was a good coach is.”
Walsh is a man that moves around the school a lot, so it was difficult for him to stay still when he suffered a broken foot.
Walsh’s dedication has been noticed by the faculty at Senn, grateful for his accomplishments.
Senn’s principal Susan Lofton said on Walsh, “I have see a lot of significant improvement in the Athletics Department.”
Joseph Lev, an IB history teacher and a baseball coach at Senn High School, said, “Coach Walsh is dedicated, hardworking, incredibly energetic, and passionate.”
Eleanor Flanagin, an IB senior Honors Chemistry teacher and the boys soccer coach at Senn High School, said, “He cares a lot about the students, and he puts in a lot of time. It’s inspiring to see how much he does to try to help student get better. He’s always here after school.”
Also Walsh’s sense of humor enables him to “make difficult stuff less difficult,” said Lev.
Jessica Goldstein a senior at Senn High School said, “A new thing Mr. Walsh brings to the Athletics Department are the new jerseys, equipment, and knowledge of various sports.”
Guadalupe Rodriguez, a senior at Senn High School, said, “I like the fact that the last three years Senn Athletic Department has had a lot of fundraising,” and she will like to see a lot more fundraising for upcoming years.
Teague Isaac, a senior at Senn High School said, “At Senn you have to be student before being an athlete,” and he also said that “Mr. Walsh brings new things to the Athletics Department, like acknowledgment of seniors during pep rallies. I respect him for that. Without Mr. Walsh we wouldn’t have a football team and he is a motivational coach and supportive he just want us to play as a team and be the best we can and work hard.”
Senn’s faculty and student body are grateful to have such a great Athletic Director in place and have high hopes for the 2015-2016 season.