La Salle College Preparatory announced this month the hiring of Brian Walsh as its new athletic director.
Walsh has worked the past 16 years at St. Anthony High School (Long Beach), having served in multiple roles including assistant principal, athletic director, dean, facilities manager, teacher and head football coach. Since 2008, he has functioned in the capacity of league coordinator for the Santa Fe and Camino Real Leagues. Additionally, he has served as a member of the CIF Southern Section Council, CIF Southern Section Football Advisory Board, and the CIF Southern Section Official Fees and Relations Committee.
“We are tremendously excited to have Brian join our team here at La Salle. He brings a wealth of experience with him and is exactly who we need to lead our athletic department into the future,” said Courtney Kassakhian, principal of La Salle. “Brian has done an incredible job of building the athletic department at St. Anthony. His vision and expertise will shape our athletic program and community for years to come.”
For the past four years, Walsh has been one of the few athletic directors recognized by the CIF Southern Section as part of their MVP AD program. During his time at St. Anthony’s, the Saints won 45 league championships, eight CIF Southern Section and State Regional championships, and nine CIF Southern Section individual championships. In 2016, Walsh was recognized by the Long Beach Post as one of their “40 under 40” honorees, celebrating the outstanding achievements of individuals in the city of Long Beach.
“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the La Salle athletic program. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to fulfill the mission of La Salle through athletics,” said Walsh. “Throughout the entire interview process, I was very impressed by the unified vision and support of the school administration and firmly believe we will elevate Lancer athletics to new heights. I am thankful for my years at St. Anthony High School and all those families, administrators, and coaches who supported me along the way.”
Walsh graduated from California State University, Long Beach with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a minor in psychology, and he earned a master’s from CSULB in sports management. He also earned a master’s in education and a California clear teaching credential from Loyola Marymount University. He and his wife, Liz, have two young children, Shane and Charlotte.