April 5, 2013



Atlanta, G.A.-Rhode Island College Head Coach Bob Walsh and his coaching staff were honored at the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Convention on Friday afternoon for the Anchormenís outstanding 2012-13 season. Walsh and his staff, along with other conference championship coaches, were recognized at a luncheon held at the Atlanta Hilton as part of the 2013 Final Four festivities.



 RIC Head Men's Basketball Coach Bob Walsh and Assistant Coach Mike Romano


He led the Anchormen to a 26-4 overall record and a 13-1 mark in Little East Conference play to win the leagueís Regular Season Championship. Rhode Island College defeated UMass Dartmouth and Southern Maine to become the first team in conference history to advance to seven straight Little East Conference Tournament Championship games. The Anchormen utilized their hallmark defensive pressure to outlast Keene State and capture the program's fifth LEC Conference Championship trophy.


After dispatching Hobart, 62-59, in overtime in the First Round of the 2013 NCAA Div. III Menís Basketball Tournament, the Anchormen fell in overtime to Morrisville State in the Second Round, 66-61.



 Left to right: RIC Athletic Hall of Famer and legendary
CCRI Head Coach Vin Cullen '55, Walsh, Romano & John "Lucky" Pappas,
an attorney from Virginia Beach, Virg.


The Anchormen were one of only four programs in the nation to compete in the NCAA Div. III Men's Basketball Tournament in each of the last seven seasons.


So far this year, Walsh has received the Jim Baron Div. III Coach of the Year by the Rhode Island Basketball Media and was named the Little East Conference Coach of the Year.



 Walsh along with Div. I Coach of the Year Award recipient and former Providence College standout Jim Larranaga, the current Head Coach at Miami (Fla.).


Walsh is one of 15 finalists for the 2013 Glenn Robinson National Coach of the Year, which is presented annually to the top Div. III men's basketball coach, which will be announced tonight at the awards banquet in Atlanta, site of the men's NCAA Basketball Championship.