This season, Walsh guided the Falcons to their second consecutive Division 3 state title with a school record 24 wins. Danvers also captured the Northeastern Conference South title and won its first 18 games.
So far through three years at Danvers High, Walsh has gone 58-16 (.784 winning percentage) with a 13-1 postseason record.
Walsh is an excellent game planner, and it would be difficult to find a coach who has his team more prepared to play. This winter, Danvers played seven games without Nick McKenna, the team’s leading scorer, yet Walsh still helped the Falcons cruise through that stretch without a blemish.
The Falcons were untouchable until NEC South MVP Eric Martin was injured in their 19th game. Danvers dropped that game to eventual Division 2 state champion Brighton, then lost to Newton North in the season finale with Martin on the sidelines. Walsh helped his team avoid a carry-over effect in the postseason, then got them back up to speed as they returned to health.
Walsh has now been a two-time Salem News Coach of the Year (2011, 2013) and two-time NEC Coach of the Year (2011, 2013).
In more than 20 years as the Magicians’ swim coach, Sue Guertin has turned the program into an institution in the Northeastern Conference and on the state level.
More importantly, she’s turned it into a family, too.
The Magicians had both the Male and Female Swimmers of the Year in the NEC this winter, with Harrison Rodts and Tyler Phillips taking home the honors. Marblehead enjoyed another undefeated season in co-ed dual meets.
The deep and talented Marblehead girls won the NEC league championship meet, but it was the performance of the boys that was arguably more impressive. With just eight male swimmers, the Magicians wound up in second place at the league meet, a remarkable feat considering the number of events and depth required to amass enough points to place.