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RIC Basketball Coach Bob Walsh Accepts Maine Job

Tuesday, May 06, 2014


Rhode Island College men’s basketball coach Bob Walsh will accept the head coaching job at the University of Maine, sources confirm to GoLocalProv.

Bob Walsh

Walsh is expected to be announced as the next head coach of the Black Bears later today.  The Bangor Daily News reports he will sign a 4-year deal that will pay him 6 figures annually.  Officials withing the RIC Athletic Department said they are waiting on an official announcement to comment on Walsh's departure.

Leaving His Mark

Walsh compiled a 204-63 record at RIC and made the postseason in all 9 years with the Anchormen. RIC has an 8-season streak of NCAA Tournament appearances dating back to Walsh’s second season at the helm. They’ve won 6 Little East Conference Championships in that span of time.

Walsh’s ability to build a program on the fly and sustain an annual powerhouse in Division 3 made him an attractive candidate for the Division 1 Black Bears. Maine is coming off a 6-23 season, and the Black Bears bought out the remaining 2 years on former Head Coach Ted Woodward’s contract on April 14th.

Woodward spent 18 years as a coach at Maine, 8 as an assistant and 10 as Head Coach. He had a 117-178 record over his tenure as Head Coach.

The Road Ahead

Walsh is replacing a mainstay at Maine, but the Black Bears needed a new voice to lead their program as they hope to build a contender in the America East Conference.

If Walsh can duplicate his success from RIC, Maine will have made a fantastic hire.

We will update this story when Maine formally announces the hiring.


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URI missed the boat on this one.

Comment #1 by joe adamowicz on 2014 05 06

URI are you serious. He was at PC so I guess they missed the boat to. But instead PC hired Cooley whose wife is on a fraudulent disability from providence.

Comment #2 by Jackson Teller on 2014 05 06

In retrospect, Walsh would have been a superior choice over Hurley, who was hired strictly on his "reputation." At that time Hurley was "an up and coming coach," but over the last two years has proven to be a colossal bust. And with Preston Murphy seeing the writing on the wall and brother Bobby gettin' out while the gettin' was good, Dan's ship is listing precariously, about to .sink to depths that will make Davey Jones' locker appear on dry land I'm afraid that the good ship Danny-po(o)p is about to take on major water and is going down, baby!Just don't schedule Maine.

Comment #3 by joe adamowicz on 2014 05 07

Like Keno, Hurley got the job because of Daddy's reputation. It was easy to coach a hand picked St. Benedict's Grey Bees' team in Dad's back yard, and the Wagner thing was a complete joke with brother Bob the reach coach behind the scenes. At URI Preston Murphy was the man. Now we're seeing the real shell. Hurley is not a recruiter, x and o man or anything other than a glorified CYO coach who worked with a team handed to him. He belongs back in NJ under Daddy's wing. Looking back, a real opportunity was missed with Walsh who earned his way. Unfortunately, the state university, which doesn't have a whole lot going for it in attracting basketball players i the first place (Kingston, I mean come on!!!) is stuck with the amateur whose best attribute is yelling and screaming on the sidelines and pretending he's a coach. Very sad...

Comment #4 by joe adamowicz on 2014 05 07

Let's schedule Maine and see hoe Coach Hurley does. Can you say schooled by Mr. Walsh. Keep and eye on those Black Bears. I'm betting they're in the NCAAs while Hurley and the circus continue to watch from the sidelines,pushing the string to 20 years and counting of no Big Dance come March. Hopefully, he'll be gone before that, in fact, I am sure he will be after people wake up and stop pretending there's a next year, year after year after year. In the meantime let's all watch the !998 season reruns and talk about ancient history.

Comment #5 by joe adamowicz on 2014 05 07

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