Walsh Named New Head Coach of Gents Basketball
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

SHREVEPORT-Centenary Director of Athletics Dr. Tom Tallach announced Tuesday that Adam Walsh has been named the new head coach of the Gents basketball program. Walsh will take over after serving as an assistant for the last three years and will be the 21st head coach in the history of the program.

"When we looked into the future and determined the qualities that we needed in our next head coach, the decision to promote Adam Walsh became an easy one.  His familiarity with our institutional objectives and the transition process as well as his relationships with the current student-athletes make him the perfect choice," said Tallach.

"I am excited and thrilled for the opportunity that has been put in front of me. I want to thank Greg [Gary], my former bosses, Dr. Tallach, Dr. Rowe, my parents and God for the experiences they have put me through to get me to this point in my career," said Walsh.

Along with his coaching duties, Walsh was named Assistant Athletic Director. His role consists of compliance, game day management and the SAAC supervisor.

"His background in sports management and administrative contribution over the last several months will allow him to serve effectively in the role of Assistant AD as well," said Tallach.

Serving as an assistant under head coaches Greg Gary and Rob Flaska, Walsh's duties included the development of guards, recruiting and coordinating academic support systems for the student-athletes. Walsh helped develop former Gents guard, Chase Adams to a Summit League "Defensive Player of the Year" accolade and coached shooting guards Daman Starring and David Perez to All-Louisiana "Freshman of the Year" and Third-Team honors, respectively in the 2009-10 season.

"I am looking forward to the challenge of the current situation and I am excited to coach a year of Division I. With the transition process, I am just as excited to start fresh and I am looking forward to a new beginning," said Walsh.

Walsh joined Centenary in 2007 directly from Paris Junior College where he assisted the Dragon program from 2006-07. He was in charge of recruiting, post-skill development, and strength and conditioning among other duties. During his stint at Paris Junior College, Walsh helped first-year head coach Ross Hodge lead the Dragons to a 26-4 record and TEAC "Coach of the Year" honors. He also helped develop two junior college All-American forwards in Ramon Clemente (06-07) and Eric Tramiel (07-08) and recruited Raymond Sims, among others, who would lead the Dragons to 57 wins in two years at the point guard position.

Prior to his time at Paris, Walsh spent the 2005-06 season as the assistant at Odessa College under Dennis Helms. From 2003-05, Walsh took on the role as assistant coach under Ronnie Arrow at Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. While with the Islanders, the team notched its first winning season at 15-11 and followed that performance up with a 20-8 record in the 2004-05 season, which garnered Arrow Independent "Coach of the Year" honors.

For the 2001 through 2003 seasons Walsh was an assistant coach for Division II program, Barton College, under Ron Lievense. The 2002-03 team notched a mark of 22-6 and was ranked #24 in the nation as Lievense went on to accept CVAC "Coach of the Year" honors. That year the Bulldogs won their first NCAA Tournament game in school history, which helped pave the road to their 2007 National Championship. Walsh recruited two members of that title team during his time at Barton College and helped to develop First Team All-American guard, Tim Black.

Walsh's first experiences with collegiate basketball came during his managerial days. He served as a graduate manager at Campbell University and before that was the head manager during his undergraduate studies at High Point University.

Camps are always a valuable teaching experience for coaches and Walsh is no stranger to the camp circuit. He has participated in camps conducted by Florida, Maryland, Virginia, Campbell, East Carolina, and Tennessee Tech among others.

Walsh hails from Winchester, Virginia and is the son of Nancy and Phil Walsh. He was a 2000 graduate of High Point University and graduated from James Wood High School.

To view Adam Walsh's press conference, click here.