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Tim Welsh (born October 4, 1960) is an American college basketball coach and the former head basketball coach at Providence College. Previously, he served as the head coach at Iona College. He also served briefly as head men's basketball coach at Hofstra University. He now serves as an analyst for ESPN.[1]

Tim Welsh
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Biographical details
Born (1960-10-04) October 4, 1960 (age 59)
Massena, New York
Playing career
1980–1984SUNY Potsdam
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1985–1986Iona (assistant)
1986–1988Florida State (assistant)
1988–1991Syracuse (assistant)
1991–1995Iona (assistant)
Head coaching record
Accomplishments and honors
3 MAAC regular season (1996–1998)
MAAC Tournament (1998)
MAAC Coach of the Year (1997, 1998)


Born in Massena, New York, Welsh is a 1984 graduate of SUNY Potsdam, where he played basketball for his father, Jerry. In his sophomore season, the Bears won the Division III National Championship. During his senior season, he was a co-captain. He also attended a year at Worcester Academy. Following his college career, he became a volunteer assistant under Pat Kennedy at Iona College, before becoming a full-time assistant under Kennedy at Florida State University. He later served as an assistant under Jim Boeheim at Syracuse University before joining his father, then the coach at Iona, as an assistant coach in 1991.

During the 1994-95 season, Jerry Welsh became ill and Tim served as the interim coach during his absence, guiding the Gaels to a 5-5 record in ten games.[citation needed] Following the season, Jerry was forced to retire and Tim was named the head coach on a permanent basis. In his first full season as head coach, the Gaels tied for the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference regular-season title; in his second and third seasons, the Gaels won the title outright. Iona reached the 1998 NCAA Tournament with a 27-6 record. This was Iona's first tournament appearance since 1985. Overall, Welsh went 70-22 in three seasons at Iona, and he was named MAAC Coach of the Year in both 1997 and 1998.

On November 16, 2008, Welsh made his debut on ESPNU serving as the color analyst for the Le Moyne vs Syracuse basketball game.

On April 1, 2010, Welsh was introduced as the new head coach at Hofstra University.

Career at ProvidenceEdit

On April 2, 1998, Welsh was named the head coach at Providence College, the thirteenth head basketball coach in school history.

Under Welsh, Providence has made five postseason appearances, reaching the NCAA Tournament in 2001 and 2004 and the NIT in 1999, 2003, and 2007. However, Welsh did not have the success in Providence that he had at Iona. In his ten seasons as head coach of Providence, Welsh did not win an NCAA Tournament game and only won one Big East Tournament game. During the 2007-2008 season, Welsh was under heavy pressure from fans and the Providence College administration. Most thought that he would be terminated if the Friars were unsuccessful in the post season.[1]. On March 15, 2008, Tim Welsh was fired as head coach of the Providence Friars, due to the inconsistent performance over ten years and the failure to lead the Friars to post-season success.

Drunk driving arrestEdit

On April 30, 2010, one month after he had been hired as the new head coach at Hofstra University, Welsh was arrested in Levittown, N.Y. on drunk driving charges after a police officer observed him stopped at a green light on the Hempstead Turnpike. The police officer claimed Welsh was passed out behind the wheel. He was pulled over and took a Breathalyzer test, which he failed. He was charged with misdemeanor driving while intoxicated. He subsequently resigned from Hofstra before ever coaching a game.[2]

College basketball analystEdit

Welsh ESPN in November 2008 as a college basketball analyst. Welsh is also a game and studio analyst for SportsNet New York and Comcast SportsNet New England.

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Iona Gaels (Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) (1995–1998)
1995–96 Iona 21–8 10–4 T–1st NIT First Round
1996–97 Iona 22–8 11–3 1st NIT First Round
1997–98 Iona 27–6 15–3 1st NCAA Division I First Round
Iona: 70–22 (.761) 36–10 (.783)
Providence Friars (Big East Conference) (1998–2008)
1998–99 Providence 16–14 9–9 T–6th NIT First Round
1999–00 Providence 11–19 4–12 12th
2000–01 Providence 21–10 11–5 2nd (East) NCAA Division I First Round
2001–02 Providence 15–16 6–10 6th (East)
2002–03 Providence 18–14 8–8 3rd (East) NIT Second Round
2003–04 Providence 20–9 11–5 3rd NCAA Division I First Round
2004–05 Providence 14–17 4–12 9th
2005–06 Providence 12–15 5–11 T–13th
2006–07 Providence 18–12 8–8 10th NIT First Round
2007–08 Providence 15–16 6–12 T–12th
Providence: 145–126 (.535) 72–92 (.439)
Total: 215–148 (.592)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion