June 21, 1955|
White Plains, NY, USA
|Died||September 26, 2001
Bangor, ME, USA
|Alma mater||Bowling Green State University|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1978–1979||Bowling Green (Assistant)|
|1979–1984||Michigan State (Assistant)|
|Head coaching record|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|1988 Hockey East Champion
1989 Hockey East Tournament Champion
1992 Hockey East Champion
1992 Hockey East Tournament Champion
1993 Hockey East Champion
1993 Hockey East Tournament Champion
1993 NCAA National Champion
1995 Hockey East Champion
1999 NCAA National Champion
|1988 Hockey East Coach of the Year Award
1990 Hockey East Coach of the Year Award
1993 Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
1995 Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
1995 Spencer Penrose Award
|Most wins one season (42)|
Walsh was a third-string goalie for Bowling Green State University. As a sophomore, he decided to concentrate on coaching as a volunteer assistant for the BGSU hockey team. He was graduated from Bowling Green with a bachelor's degree in education. He later earned a master's degree in the same field of study.
After completing his undergraduate studies, Walsh was hired as a full-time assistant coach at BGSU by Ron Mason. Walsh followed Mason to Michigan State in 1979 where they inherited a program that had only won 36 games in its previous three seasons. After only five years, Mason and Walsh had guided MSU to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, back-to-back 30-win seasons and the 1984 Frozen Four—the school's first Frozen Four appearance in 17 years.
In 1984 Walsh took over a Maine program that had gone 27–65 in the three seasons prior. He built the program into a national power, winning national championships in 1993 and 1999. The 1992–93 Maine team finished the season with an astonishing 42–1–2 record. Maine was also national finalists in 1995. He coached Hobey Baker Award winners Scott Pellerin (1992) and Paul Kariya (1993).
Walsh was suspended from coaching for one year starting mid-season in 1995–96 after a series of NCAA investigations. He returned during the 1996–97 season and quickly built Maine back into a national contender.
|Maine Black Bears (Hockey East) (1984–1995)|
|1984–85||Maine||12-29-1||8-26-0||7th||Hockey East Quarterfinals|
|1985–86||Maine||11-28-1||8-25-1||5th||Hockey East Quarterfinals|
|1987–88||Maine||34-8-2||20-4-2||1st||NCAA Third Place Game (Win)|
|1988–89||Maine||31-14-0||17-9-0||2nd||NCAA Third Place Game (Loss)|
|1990–91||Maine||32-9-2||15-5-1||2nd||NCAA Frozen Four|
|1991–92||Maine||18-17-2†||12-7-2†||t-2nd||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
|1992–93||Maine||42-1-2||22-1-1||1st||NCAA National Champion|
|1993–94||Maine||6-29-1‡||3-20-1‡||8th||Hockey East Quarterfinals|
|Maine Black Bears (Hockey East) (1996–2001)|
|1997–98||Maine||17-15-4||10-11-3||6th||Hockey East Runner-Up|
|1998–99||Maine||31-6-4||17-5-2||2nd||NCAA National Champion|
|1999–00||Maine||27-8-5||13-7-4||4th||NCAA Frozen Four|
|2000–01||Maine||20-12-7||12-7-5||t-2nd||NCAA East Regional Semifinals|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
† Maine was forced to retroactively forfeit 13 games after the season for using an ineligible player
‡ Maine was forced to retroactively forfeit 14 games during the season for using an ineligible player
^ On December 22 Maine Suspended Walsh for one year for repeated NCAA rules violations
* Maine voluntarily ruled itself ineligible for any postseason play in 1997
- "Maine Suspends Coach Who Won Hockey Crown". Chicago Tribune. 1995-12-22. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
- "Maine men's ice hockey 2012-13 Media Guide". Maine Black Bears. Retrieved 2016-07-22.
|Awards and achievements|
Bill Riley Jr.
|Bob Kullen Coach of the Year Award
|Spencer Penrose Award