Taking over the University of Maine Hockey program in 1984 in a move from Michigan State University, a Bowling Green University product, Walsh, in a few short years, built the University of Maine Black Bears hockey program into a national power.
Walsh guided Maine to the school's first national hockey championship in the 1993-94 season and spurred the Bears all the way to the top again in 1998-99.
En route, Maine became a potent force in the highly competitive Hockey East Conference. The Walsh-Maine escutcheon is loaded with honors:
Fourth all-time in NCAA tournament victories with 20; 10th all-time in NCAA winning percentage, .606; tied for fourth in NCAA tournament appearances, 11; tied for seventh all-time in Frozen Four appearances, 7; tied for ninth in Frozen Four Victories 6.
Added Credits Include:
Four-time Hockey East and New England Coach of the Year.
Spencer Penrose Trophy winner as 1994-95 National Coach of the Year. Coached two Hobey Baker Award winners (Hockey equivalent of football's Heisman Trophy); 28 All-Americans; 8 U.S. Olympians; 2 Canadian Olympians; and 35 National Hockey Leaguers.
He was also former president and 10-year member of the board of directors of the American Hockey Coaches Association.
His wife Lynne and children Allie, Tyler, and Sean Michael survive Shawn.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
P.O. Box 2
Cumberland, ME 04021
Phone (207) 807-7666
The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.