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Thursday, July 29, 2021

NKU tabs former Chicago White Sox farmhand as assistant baseball coach

Connor Walsh played six seasons in the Chicago White Sox organization after playing collegiately at UC. 

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Northern Kentucky baseball head coach Dizzy Peyton rounds out his staff with the addition of Connor Walsh as an assistant coach. Walsh is no stranger to Norse baseball after serving in a volunteer assistant coaching role between 2018-19. 

“It’s yet again, another great day for the Norse baseball family. Our pitching staff just got better today,” said Coach Peyton. 

“We’re grateful to have Connor and his fiancé Julia joining us on this journey of making our NKU baseball program better.  Coach Walsh is full of energy and is eager to get started in his colligiate coaching career. He brings a great amount of experience from his professional baseball career as a pitcher, as well as working with the Norse and the Bearcats in various roles working with student-athletes.  I am very excited for our pitchers to get to work with him, his knowledge and application of the mental game and his progressive thinking in pitching is precisely what we were seeking in this role.  I believe he will take our pitching staff to the next level that we need to get our baseball program to the caliber that we are seeking in the near future.”    
“I am extremely privileged to be offered this position by Coach Peyton,” said Walsh. “Having the ability to impact and lead individuals in a game that has taught me so much in my career is an honor. Northern Kentucky University is an amazing school with much to offer, and I'm excited to prove that to our future student athletes!”  

Since December 2019, Walsh has served as the director of player development for Cincinnati. His role with the Bearcats included coaching and consulting pitchers through the use of sabermetric data. Walsh also guided UC’s mental skills and leadership meetings. His volunteer role at NKU included much of the same responsibilities. 
Walsh spent six years in the Chicago White Sox organization as a right-handed hurler. He played collegiately for the Bearcats before being selected in the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft. Walsh worked his way up to Triple-A, where he was named an All Star in 2019 when he was pitching for the Charlotte Knights. 
Peyton previously announced Steve Dintaman and Hunter Losekamp to his staff as assistant coach/recruiting coordinator and volunteer assistant coach, respectively. 

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