BOSTON (CBS) –  Longtime Harvard baseball coach Joe Walsh died Tuesday at his home in Chester, NH.

Walsh coached Harvard baseball for the past 17 years, leading the Crimson to five Ivy League Championships.

“This is a tragic day for everyone associated with Harvard athletics, Massachusetts baseball and the larger baseball community,” said Harvard athletic director Bob Scalise, in a release. “Joe’s passion for the game redefined success in the Ivy League and he positively impacted the lives of so many people. To say that he will be missed would be an understatement.”

Walsh won the Northeast region Coach of the Year honors in both 1997 and 1998. In 1998, he led the Crimson to a 36-12 record and a spot in the Top 25 national ranking.

Walsh coached Suffolk University, his alma mater, for 15 years before taking the job at Harvard, and was inducted to the school’s athletic Hall of Fame in 2009.

Over his 32-year career, Walsh accumulated a 569-563-3 record.

Walsh is survived by his wife, Sandra, and their four daughters, Tory, Holly, Katie and Kasey.


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