Bob Walsh

“The Hoop Group Elite camps have been a huge factor in establishing our program on a national level. You can see great players playing in a well-coached, organized setting against great competition. Their events are invaluable to our recruiting.”

“I have 3 players on my current roster that I coached at Hoop Group Elite. Without the Hoop Group I never would have seen them and they probably wouldn’t have seen me.”

Bob Walsh has been the head coach at Rhode Island College since September of 2005.  He took over a program that had not been to the NCAA Tournament in almost 30 years and had never before appeared in the Little East Conference championship game.

In five seasons Walsh has lead the Anchormen to a record of 114-35, including bids to the NCAA Tournament in the last four.  He has led his squad to three Little East Conference Tournament Championships and three Regular Season Championships, with the 2007 and 2010 squads earning both.  The 2010 Anchormen advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16, and the 2007 team advanced to the Elite 8, losing to eventual national champion Amherst.  That team finished the season at 27-4, with the 27 wins setting a new Rhode Island College record.  The Anchormen are one of only two teams – along with Brandeis – in the New England Region of Division III to advance to the last four NCAA Tournaments.  He has been recognized twice as the Little East Coach of the Year (2007, 2009) and three times as the Rhode Island Media Coach of the Year (2007, 2009, 2010).  In 2007 the Anchormen also received the Sam Schonfeld Sportsmanship award as voted on by the ECAC men’s basketball officials.

In the last five years the Anchormen have set the standard in the Little East Conference, widely regarded as one of the toughest conferences in the country.  The Anchormen have won over 80% of their league games, posting a 57-13 league mark in regular season action.  With a 12-2 mark against LEC competition in the post-season, the squad is a remarkable 69-15 (.821) against LEC competition overall.  Walsh’s teams have gone an impressive 28-8 on the road in the Little East while compiling a 39-6 overall record at home in the Murray Center.  They have appeared in the last four Little East Conference Championship games (winning three) and have put together an impressive 19-7 post-season record overall.

Two of the best nights for Rhode Island College under Walsh’s leadership don’t appear in the numbers.  In November of 2007 the Anchormen took down Division I Iona College in an exhibition game 71-62, the first win over a Division I team for RIC in over 30 years.  They backed it up the following year by traveling to Holy Cross and taking down the Crusaders 61-60 on their home floor.

Prior to taking over the Rhode Island College program Walsh was an assistant at Providence College for seven years.  Well known as Tim Welsh’s right-hand man on the bench, Walsh was a part of two NCAA Tournament teams and two NIT teams with the Friars.  The 2005 Friars earned a #5 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest seed in school history, and the Friars twice posted the most wins in Big East history while Walsh was on the bench.

Walsh started his coaching career while an undergraduate at Hamilton College, a Division III power in central New York.  He got his feet wet under legendary coach Tom Murphy at Hamilton, before moving on to be a graduate assistant at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY.  Walsh joined Brad Holland at the University of San Diego for one season before returning East to join Welsh at Providence in April of 1998.