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LEC Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Spotlight: Bob Walsh

Bob Walsh

Bob Walsh is one the greatest men's basketball coaches in Rhode Island College (RIC) and Little East Conference (LEC) history. The three-time LEC Coach of the Year (2006-07, 2008-09, 2012-13) led RIC for nine seasons from 2005-14, compiling an overall record of 204-63 while winning 20-plus games in all but one season, his first as the Anchormen won 19 contests. Walsh's .764 winning percentage is the highest in program history and he ranks second all-time in career victories.

Walsh led RIC to five of the program's six LEC regular season championships (2007, 2009-11, 2013), and to each of the team's six Little East tournament titles during. The Anchormen claimed back-to-back tournament championships three times in his nine seasons - 2007-08, 2010-11 and 2013-14.

Under Walsh's tutelage, RIC qualified for the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball Championship Tournament in eight consecutive seasons from 2007-14, one of only five institutions in the nation that can claim that feat. The Anchormen were 10-8 in the NCAA tournament during that stretch, reaching the Elite Eight in 2007 and the Sweet 16 in 2010 and 2011.

Walsh currently serves as the technical director for men's basketball at the IMG academy in Bradenton, Florida after spending four years as the head men's basketball coach at the University of Maine. He started his coaching career as a student assistant at his alma mater, Hamilton College before serving as graduate assistant coach at Iona College (1994-96) and an assistant coach at the University of San Diego (1997-98) and Providence College (1998-2005).

A well-regarded speaker on culture, team building and leadership, Walsh is also the founder of the Dynamic Leadership Academy, helping young coaches and industry leaders define and develop their personal leadership approach. He is also the host of the Dynamic Leadership Podcast on AthleticDirectorU.com.

Walsh earned a bachelor's degree in sociology Hamilton in 1994 and a master's degree in mass communications and public relations from Iona in 1996. He was inducted into the Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2016.