September 14, 2005


Bob Walsh Named Head Men’s Basketball Coach at Rhode Island College


Providence, RI—Rhode Island College has named Bob Walsh as its new head men’s basketball coach. He takes over for Jack Perri, who stepped down last month to accept an assistant coach’s position at Long Island University.


Walsh says, “I am very excited about the opportunity to lead the basketball program at Rhode Island College. The school continues to grow and the athletic department is now established at a championship level, and that makes it a great time to get on board. I am thrilled to have a chance to be a head coach at such a great place.”


Walsh, 33, spent seven seasons as an assistant coach with the Providence College basketball program.


The hard-working assistant joined Head Coach Tim Welsh's staff in 1998 after spending the 1997-98 campaign as an assistant coach at the University of San Diego. Welch says, “Bob Walsh has been an integral part of the success at Providence College and is a very deserving and distinguished coach. He will do a great job in preserving and continuing the rise of the Rhode Island College basketball program.


Walsh got his start in college coaching when he served as an administrative assistant on Welsh's staff at Iona from 1994-1996 while working on his Master's Degree in Mass Communications and Public Relations.


At San Diego, Walsh's duties included developing an individual workout system, working with the team's guards and post players, scouting upcoming opponents and coordinating the school's off-season improvement program.


In two seasons at Iona, the New York native organized office recruiting, coordinated scouting, handled the team's travel and directed the Gaels' study hall and academic improvement programs. Prior to joining the staff at Iona, Walsh served as a student assistant coach at his alma mater, Hamilton College.  A 1994 graduate, Walsh has a bachelor of arts in sociology from Hamilton.


Walsh is single and resides in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.


The Anchormen open the 2005-06 season at the Wheaton College Tip-off Tournament vs. Mt. Ida on Nov. 18.


Head Coach Bob Walsh with RIC President John Nazarian and RIC Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Gary Penfield