Former Redblacks, Riders QB coach Steve Walsh hired by Minnesota high school alma mater

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The Ottawa Redblacks’ quarterback coach Steve Walsh will not return to the team next season after being hired as the head coach of a Minnesota high school.

Cretin-Derham Hall, a private Catholic school in Saint Paul, announced the hiring Wednesday, bringing back a high profile alumnus who was a high school all-American for the program in the 1980s. Walsh will take over head coaching duties in June, as well as serving as an advancement major gift officer.

“I am excited for the opportunity to return to my alma mater, a place where I attended as a student and developed both academically and athletically,” Walsh said in a statement to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press. “Now I have this great opportunity to serve the school that meant so much to me and was a significant influence on me as a young man. I can’t wait to teach this game I love and to develop student-athletes, both on and off the field, at Cretin-Derham Hall.”

Hired by new head coach Paul LaPolice, 2021 marked Walsh’s only season with the Redblacks. He was in charge of a carousel-like QB position which saw six different players take snaps under centre, including receiver Nate Behar.

Walsh arrived in Ottawa after spending two seasons as the Saskatchewan Roughriders’ quarterbacks coach. He spent the 2017 campaign as a senior assistant with the Toronto Argonauts. Prior to coaching in the CFL, Walsh spent two years as the director of football at the prestigious IMG Academy.

Before his coaching career, Walsh played 11 seasons in the NFL while recording 713 completions in 1,317 pass attempts for 7,875 yards and 40 touchdowns. Walsh was selected in the first round of the NFL’s 1989 supplemental draft by the Dallas Cowboys after an outstanding collegiate career at the University of Miami.

During his time with the Hurricanes, Walsh led his team to an NCAA title as a sophomore in 1987 and was named an All-American and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy balloting the following season.