Men's Hockey assistant Sean Walsh named head coach at Southern New Hampshire U.

Men's Hockey assistant Sean Walsh named head coach at Southern New Hampshire U.

BOSTON, Mass.—Long-time UMass Boston men's hockey assistant coach Sean Walsh was named the new head coach at Southern New Hampshire University on Friday afternoon. 

Walsh, who had spent the past seven seasons on head coach Peter Belisle's staff, will take over at his alma mater immediately. He will inherit a Penmen program that finished 13-14 during the 2016-17 season and finished fifth out of six teams in the Division II Northeast-10 Conference.

"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 told snhupenmen.com. "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."

During his time with the Beacons, Walsh was charged with overseeing recruiting, working with the Beacons defensemen and goaltenders and helping with the day-to-day operations. In seven seasons, he helped UMass Boston rise to new heights, as they posted seven-straight winning seasons and an overall record of 151-53-16. He was the lead assistant during the 2015-16 season, which marked the best season in program history. UMass Boston won the program's first conference regular season and tournament titles since 1981-82 and made it to their first-ever Frozen Four.  

"I couldn't be happier for Sean Walsh," Belisle said. "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."

Walsh is the latest UMass Boston assistant to move on to a top-notch position. Belisle's first two assistants, Jeff Pellegrini and Jerry Keefe, currently serve as the associate head women's and men's hockey coaches at Northeastern University. Former lead assistant Ryan McGrath left UMass Boston to take over as the South Shore Kings Director of Player Development and currently serves as an assistant coach Wentworth Institute of Technology.