Sara Walsh visits her alma mater


Sara Walsh interviewed Dallas Moore outside of the arena to get his thoughts on the team’s trip to the “Big Dance.”

Morgan Purvis

ESPN SportsCenter anchor Sara Walsh stopped by the University of North Florida on March 9 to cover the men’s basketball team’s journey to the NCAA tournament. She seemed to be as excited to return to her alma mater as the rest of the UNF community was to see her.

Walsh played on the UNF women’s soccer team before working as a sports anchor. According to her Twitter bio, she had dreams of going professional, but went into broadcasting after knee surgeries.

After the UNF men’s basketball team won its big game against USC Upstate Sunday afternoon, Walsh rushed to the scene to get coverage first thing Monday morning. She even welcomed fellow Ospreys by posting on Twitter and Instagram that she was visiting the campus.

Walsh spoke to some of the team on their record-breaking season and how they feel about what lies ahead. Stephen Putnam, the now-famous UNF freshman band member known for his dance to “Turn Down for What,” also got an exclusive interview with Walsh.

The visit included a walk through campus with Head Coach Matthew Driscoll. Walsh reminisced on her time at UNF and discussed with Driscoll what might be in store for the school in the future.

Walsh posted on Instagram Monday after her visit: “Almost [two] decades ago I was just a kid playing soccer for UNF, dreaming of working at ESPN. Covering the Ospreys first trip to the dance, just a reminder: dreams come true.”

*3/9/15 at 7:00 p.m. – Updated with video

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