Maine names Bob Walsh as next coach

By Matt Norlander | College Basketball Writer

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The Black Bears have found their coach. Bob Walsh is taking over the program, agreeing to a four-year deal worth $420,000.

The school made its announcement Wednesday morning.

Walsh takes over for Ted Woodward, who was terminated after 10 seasons on the job, amassing a 117-178 record. The Black Bears went 6-23 last season.

Walsh went 204-63 the past nine seasons while coaching at Rhode Island College, a D-III school he took to the Division III NCAA tournament in his final eight years there. Walsh does have D-I ties, though; he was an assistant at Providence for seven years before going to RIC. He also spent time at San Diego and Iona, the latter of which he earned his master's degree from.

"I'm excited to begin the challenge of establishing a championship culture at the University of Maine as the leader of the men's basketball program," Walsh said in a statement. "I can't wait to be a part of the excellent academic and athletic culture at UMaine, and to embrace the energy and passion of the community."

Walsh has a challenge ahead of him. Maine has never reached the NCAA Tournament.

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