Head coach John Walsh with a headset and dark grey polo gets excited and elbow bumps his player on their way to the sidelines during a Denton Guyer football game.

San Marcos Hires Former Denton Guyer Coach John Walsh as Athletic Director and Head Coach

By Joshua Orozco
Assistant Sports Director

Just five months after leading Denton Guyer to the Class 6A-Division II state championship game, the Rattlers sign John Walsh as their next athletic director and head coach. San Marcos Consolidated ISD members announced the news of their decision via Zoom on the district’s official website Monday evening.

Walsh takes the helm for San Marcos in place of Mark Soto following his departure for San Antonio Johnson last month. After resigning in March, Walsh’s impressive tenure with the Wildcats concluded by amassing a record of 131-36, including two state titles in four appearances.

“My family and I are extremely excited about our new chapter in the city of San Marcos,” Walsh said following the announcement.

“I am eager to put in place a formula that has proven to build a winning culture and get this city crazed about Rattler Athletics. I promise there will not be a slow step taken and the student-athletes of San Marcos will be proud to Strike As One.”

San Marcos CISD Superintendent Michael Cardona couldn’t be more excited about the latest signee to the Rattlers coaching staff. Cardona welcomes the next coach and athletic director with high expectations in the newest era of San Marcos football.

“Coach Walsh joins Rattler Nation with a wealth of knowledge which has led to a proven record of success,” Cardona said. “His roadmap for creating a winning culture will ensure our students are successful in all that they do.”

At Guyer, Walsh has seen a strong production of over 80 Division I signees. The first day of developing college-level talent in San Marcos CISD for Walsh officially begins today.

During the district Zoom meeting, coach Walsh emphasized the anticipation that comes with the next chapter of his coaching career.

“The more we dove into the school district and looked at what SMCISD had to offer, we couldn’t be more delighted,” Walsh said. “I can’t wait to get my feet on the ground and start meeting people.”

Walsh is also no stranger to some of San Marcos’ new division rivals as part of the UIL 2020-22 realignment, including powerhouse Austin Westlake. Austin Westlake was one of which Denton Guyer fell short, 24-0, in the 2019 Class 6A-Division II state championship.

Signing one of the highest-profile coaching free agents in the entire state of Texas is a strong statement at the beginning of the San Marcos Rattlers’ hunt for their first winning season since 2017.

Featured image courtesy of Dallas Morning News.

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