Head Coach
Bob Walsh

Bob Walsh comes to UMaine with nearly 20 years of highly successful Division I and Division III coaching experience. Most recently, for nine seasons he was head coach at Division III power Rhode Island College. Under Walsh's leadership, the Anchormen posted an overall record of 204–63 (.764 winning percentage) and made eight straight trips to the NCAA Division III Tournament.

Prior to guiding Rhode Island College, for seven years Walsh was an assistant coach at Division I Providence College. In his seven seasons at Providence, the Friars' record was 182–146 (.555). In 2004, Providence attained the highest NCAA tournament seed in the school's history (No. 5) and the highest national ranking in 25 years (No. 12). That year, as well as in 2000, Providence posted its best Big East record of 11–5. Walsh led Providence to four 20-win seasons, two regular season league championships and six post-season appearances.

"I am excited to welcome Coach Bob Walsh to the Black Bear family," says Creech. "His time at Rhode Island College has been the most successful in the history of the program. In addition to his head coaching experience, Bob has 11 years of experience as a Division I assistant at Providence College, the University of San Diego and Iona College. Bob is a true student and teacher of the game of basketball, and shares his passion for leadership through his Dynamic Leadership Academy. Coach Walsh is highly respected in the college basketball community and ready for the challenge of leading and rebuilding UMaine's Division I program."

The UMaine search committee, led by Seth Woodcock, UMaine associate athletic director for development, was charged with finding a candidate who had substantial and successful head coaching experience, substantial experience at the Division I level, New England recruiting connections, and the proven ability to build and maintain a high-achieving college basketball program with an emphasis on and record of academic achievement.

"Bob Walsh is a perfect fit to lead our men's basketball program," Woodcock says. "He is a proven winner with a successful system built on the principles of accountability, trust, commitment and good old-fashioned hard work. His blue-collar work ethic, steadfast character, toughness and drive to succeed will resonate with our fans and community, and — most importantly — motivate and position our student-athletes to achieve their goals, both on and off the court. I couldn't be more excited about Bob being named our next head coach and about the future of UMaine basketball under his leadership."

Walsh earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Hamilton College in 1994 and a master's degree in mass communications from Iona College two years later.

"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 says. "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."

Assistant Coach
Antone Gray

Head coach Bob Walsh added Antone Gray to his coaching staff on July 10, 2014 becoming Maine's third assistant coach on staff.

Most recently Gray worked as the head varsity basketball coach at Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex in Providence, R.I. In his only season at the helm he guided his squad to a 19-8 overall record including an Interscholastic League Division III state championship.

"Antone has an ability to relate to people and assess situations, which made him a great leader as a player, and has helped him develop into a terrific young coach," Walsh said. "He is a natural, whether he's in the gym, working with players or evaluating talent and character. Antone knows our culture inside and out and will be a big part of what we are going to build with Black Bear basketball."

Gray's squad led one of the most prolific offenses in the state as his team led Rhode Island in points per game, averaging 89.7, and overall points with 1,418. Likewise Gray helped produce the first All-State athlete in any sport at Juanita Sanchez. The incoming assistant also helped produce the first two 1,000 point scorers in the school's history.

Gray also has a unique tie to Walsh as he spent four years as a player for the new Maine leader, playing from 2007-11 at Rhode Island College. As a member of the Anchormen, Gray's name is easily found in the record book as he is third in the program in assists (420) and he is one of 30 other members in the Rhode Island College "1,000 point club" as he tallied 1,041.

Gray completed his Bachelor's Degree in sociology with a minor in communication.

Assistant Coach
Matt O'Brien

O’Brien begins his second second with the Black Bears

O’Brien joined the Maine staff after spending six seasons as part of a Vermont Catamounts squad that has seen unparalleled success in the America East conference.

From 2008-10, O’Brien served as the director of basketball operations before transitioning to assistant coach beginning in 2010-11. In his five seasons with Vermont he helped the Catamounts to a 52-12 record in conference play. The squad went 90-44 overall.

Prior to that, O’Brien spent three seasons working together with Walsh at Rhode Island College from 2005-08, serving as the assistant under the new Black Bears head coach. During his time on Walsh’s staff the Anchormen recorded a mark of 69-21.

“Matt is the first person I hired when I became a head coach at Rhode Island College,” Walsh said. “He is an extremely talented, well-rounded coach who is experienced, intelligent and driven. He made me better every day at RIC and was a big part of the championship culture we built there. He’ll fit in great with the culture at the University of Maine and I’m thrilled to have him on board.”

O’Brien also has another unique tie to the Black Bears athletic department as his father, Phil, graduated from Maine and played football for head coach Walter Abbott from 1973-75.

Assistant Coach
Tyler Schlegel

Tyler Schlegel was hired as the men's basketball Director of Operations & Recruiting Coordinator in the summer of 2015 and promoted to Assistant Coach in the summer of 2016.

Prior to coming to Maine, Schlegel spent a year as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at St. Mary's College of Maryland. In his year at St. Mary's, Schlegel helped lead the team to a 20-5 record and a Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) regular season title. Schlegel mentored the league's Player of the Year along with a pair of second team All-Conference selections.

In the 2013-14 season, Schlegel was an assistant coach at the University of Mary Washington where he guided the team to its best record in school history at 25-6 and a CAC Championship. The team advanced all the way to the NCAA Elite Eight.

Schlegel, a member of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in Environmentral Studies before achieving his Masters in Sports Management from California University (PA) in August of 2015. Schlegel played basketball at Rowan from 2007-09.

Director of Operations
Tom Barrett

Thomas Barrett is entering his first season as a member of the Black Bear coaching staff. Barrett spent last season with the University of Delaware as the Video Coordinator. Prior to his time at Delaware, Barrett served as a varsity assistant/junior varsity head coach at Downingtown East High School for three seasons. He also served as the men's basketball student manager while a student at Temple University from 2009-2012. Barrett graduated with a bachelor's degree in finance in 2012.