MANCHESTER, N.H. – The Southern New Hampshire University Department of Athletics and Recreation announced Friday that Sean Walsh has been hired as the sixth ice hockey coach in program history. Walsh will begin his duties with the Penmen on July 10.
"During the search process, the name Sean Walsh kept coming up as a bright, up-and-coming, coach. When the search committee had Sean on campus we were immediately impressed with his passion and energy," said Associate Athletics Director and search committee chair Tom Wilkins. "Sean is well-known in the hockey community as a hard-working recruiter with a strong knowledge of the game, and I'm excited to see the new direction the program will take under Sean's leadership. The committee was comprehensive in its efforts to identify the right candidate and I appreciate the hard work the search committee put in."
Added Director of Athletics and Recreation Anthony Fallacaro, "Sean comes highly-recommended from some of the most respected and successful hockey coaches in the country, and we believe he is the right person to fulfill the mission and vision of both the University and our department. I am confident Sean can instill a new foundation for our hockey program that begins with the basics of all great programs: dedication in the classroom, a commitment to campus citizenship and community service, while always striving to achieve excellence on the ice. We expect great things from our hockey program, and I believe in Sean's understanding that our culture off the ice will be the foundation for our success on the ice. We are not just creating a team for next year or the year after, but rather a program that can endure time and be something our administration, campus, fans and alumni can be proud of."
Walsh comes to Southern New Hampshire after spending the past seven seasons as the top assistant at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Walsh oversaw recruiting, development of defensemen and goaltenders, and day-to-day operations. During his tenure, Walsh helped the program reach new heights, as the Beacons posted seven consecutive winning seasons and an overall record of 151-53-16. During the 2015-16 season, he was part of a coaching staff that led UMass Boston to its first-ever NCAA Division III Frozen Four, as well as its first New England Hockey Conference regular season and tournament titles since 1982. In total, Walsh recruited, coached and developed six All-Americans with the Beacons.
"I'd like to thank Anthony Fallacaro, Tom Wilkins and the rest of the search committee for the opportunity to lead the ice hockey program at Southern New Hampshire University," Walsh said. "I know there is a lot of work to be done and I am very excited about this opportunity. I'm happy to return to my alma mater and get started right away."
Prior to joining the Beacons' coaching staff, Walsh served as an assistant coach at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He helped guide the Vikings to their best record in school history during his first season with a mark of 16-11-1. While at Lawrence, Walsh was in charge of recruiting, operations and a goaltending contingent that ranked among the nation's leaders in shutouts during the 2008-09 season.
A native of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Walsh graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2006 with a degree in communications. He remains heavily involved with USA Hockey as a talent evaluator and coach, and is also an instructor at Elite Skills and Stop It Goaltending.
What They're Saying about Sean Walsh…
"I couldn't be happier for Sean Walsh. He's worked his whole life to get to this position. I think he's going to really flourish. He's an excellent coach, a tremendous recruiter and one of the most loyal people I've ever met. I really enjoyed working with Sean for the past seven years. He's grown a lot as a person and as a coach. I know that we wouldn't have been able to enjoy the success that we've had the past couple of years without Sean's hard work."
Peter Belisle, Head Coach
"Sean has done an outstanding job recruiting excellent student-athletes to UMass Boston, and he has a reputation as a quality coach who has a great eye for talent. His teams have done very well the past few years, and a lot of credit should go to both Peter and Sean for rebuilding the UMass Boston hockey program."
Mike McShane, Head Coach
"Sean Walsh is a passionate coach, a strong voice on and off the ice, and a motivator who will develop a winning tradition at SNHU. Sean is passionate about helping players succeed not only in hockey, but in life. He will be deeply missed by all members of Elite Skills Hockey."
NHL Forward, 1988-93
Boston College Athletics Hall of Fame Inductee
Founding Member, Elite Skills Hockey
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Southern New Hampshire – Named Sean Walsh head ice hockey coach.