A two-sport athlete at Western New England, Justin Walz excelled both as a quarterback on the football gridiron and as an infielder on the baseball diamond for the Golden Bears. He earned All-Conference honors in both sports and was named Western New England’s Coca Cola Co-Male Athlete of the Year in 2008.
Walz started 31 of the 34 games that he appeared in at quarterback over his four-year football career, setting program records for passing attempts (1019), completions (581), yards (6911) and touchdowns (39). He was also a threat to run, racking up 989 yards and 27 touchdowns on the ground.
The Groton, Conn. native received the prestigious New England Football Writers Division II/Division III Weekly Gold Helmet Award as a sophomore in September 2007 after compiling 334 yards of total offense and four touchdowns in Western New England’s season-opening win over Hartwick College. Walz went on to earn All-New England Football Conference (NEFC) second team accolades as a junior in 2008, before establishing career-highs in passing yards (2103) and touchdowns (13) in 2009 as the Golden Bears set a then-program record with six wins during his senior campaign.
Walz was also an integral part of the Western New England baseball program’s dominant run in the late 2000’s, as the Golden Bears won the conference title and reached the NCAA Division III Tournament all four years of his career. A career .319 hitter in 178 games, Walz earned All-Great Northeast Athletic Conference (GNAC) second team honors as a freshman in 2007, before going on to collect All-Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) second team recognition as a junior in 2009.
In addition to owning several football program records, Walz’s name can also be found throughout the baseball record book. He is the program’s all-time leader in runs (180) and walks (143), and ranks second in triples (14), third in games started (178), sixth in hits (203) and eighth in on-base percentage (.449).