March 29, 2010



Providence, RI-Rhode Island College senior guard Jake Grimes (Providence, RI), Head Menís Basketball Coach Bob Walsh and the 2009-10 RIC Menís Basketball Team were honored at the annual Cox Sports Rhode Island Basketball Media Awards at the Radisson Airport Hotel on Monday afternoon.


 Jake Grimes & Head Coach Bob Walsh accepting their awards


Grimes and Johnson & Walesí Lamonte Thomas received the Steve McDonald Award, signifying them as the Menís Co-Players of the Year (Div. III).


 "Jake took a big risk coming to Rhode Island College for one year, and he had as big of an impact on our program as any other player has had in just one season," Walsh said about his senior guard. "He's a great player but he also established the level that this team would compete at every day in practice and he refused to let us give in to adversity.  We were a great team in large part because of Jake.  I'm very proud to be his coach."


Grimes was named First Team All-Little East Conference and to the leagueís All-Defensive Team, as well as team MVP.  He was considered to be one of the top guards in the conference, after transferring into RIC from the University of Rhode Island and two seasons at CCRI.  He played in 30 games, starting 26 of them. Grimes averaged 14.9 points, 5.0 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.6 steals per game. He ranked first on the team in points and steals, was second in blocks, while ranking third in both assists and total rebounds. Grimes had season-highs of  30 points and four steals at Eastern Connecticut on Dec. 5, grabbed nine rebounds against UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 26, dished out seven assists at UMass Dartmouth on Feb. 16 and had three blocks against Keene State on Feb. 6.



Walsh received the Jim Baron Award, signifying him as the Menís Coach of the Year (Div. III). It is the third time he has received this award (2009 and 2007).


 "Team awards mean a great deal to us because they celebrate the entire program - the support we receive from the administration, the hard work of the athletic staff, our great assistant coaches and the dedication and trust of all of our players," coach Walsh said about the awards. "We take a lot of pride in the winning culture that we have established at Rhode Island College."


Walsh guided the Anchormen to a 22-8 record. Under his tutelage, RIC won the Little East Conference Regular Season Championship for the fourth time in six years (2009, í07, í05), captured the Conference Tournament title for the third time in four years (2008, í07) and secured a berth in the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive campaign, advancing to the Sweet 16 for the second time in four years (2007).




The Anchormen also received the Dave Gavitt Award, signifying the RIC as the Team of the Year (all divisions).