Former Oklahoma State quarterback J.W. Walsh will be joining the Abilene Christian University football coaching staff as a full-time assistant coach, according to multiple reports.
The Denton Record-Chronicle was the first to report that Walsh, who played quarterback at OSU from 2011 to 2015, will be the running backs coach at Abilene Christian. He will join the ACU coaching staff after the first of the year, remaining at TCU as an offensive graduate assistant through the Horned Frogs game against Georgia in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30.
Walsh, 24, completed his playing career for the Cowboys in 2015. He finished his OSU playing career with 3,917 career passing yards and 1,036 career rushing yards. He accounted for 61 career touchdowns — 36 passing and 25 rushing. In 2012, he was named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year.
Walsh will be joining the staff of new Abilene Christian head coach Adam Dorrell, who was hired this week after winning three NCAA Division II national championships at Northwest Missouri State in the past four seasons. Abilene Christian recently made the jump back up to Football Championship Subdivision competition by rejoining the Southland Conference after a 40-year stint in Division II. The 2017 season will be the first the program is eligible for postseason play.
“The college game is what he wants to do,” Denton Guyer head coach John Walsh, J.W. Walsh’s dad, told the Denton Record-Chronicle. “This is the step he wants to take, and there’s several ways to get there, but getting his own position group and getting on the recruiting trail at his age is invaluable experience.”