In 11 seasons as a collegiate head coach, Tim Welsh's squads have produced an impressive 197-136 mark (.593). Since his hiring at Providence in 1998, Welsh has led the Friars to a 127-114 record, which includes two NCAA and two NIT appearances. With his 127 wins as a Friar head coach, Welsh ranks fourth all-time at Providence behind coaching legends Joe Mullaney (18 seasons - 319 victories), Dave Gavitt (10 seasons - 209 victories) and Al McClellan (11 seasons - 147 victories).
In 2004-05, the Friars played the 12th-toughest schedule in the nation. Providence played nine games against ranked opponents and 16 games versus teams that qualfied for the 2005 NCAA Tournament. PC recorded a 14-17 mark, which included a 3-1 record and a third-place finish in the Preseason NIT. Welsh's top player, senior All-American Ryan Gomes, became the College's all-time leading scorer (2,138 points) and the first Friar ever to earn consecutive First Team All-BIG EAST honors. He also became just the second Friar ever to lead the league in scoring (23.2 ppg).
Welsh's goal to build the Friars into one of the top basketball programs in the country came closer to fruition in 2004 as he led the team to one of its most productive seasons in 30 years. The Friars recorded their second 20-win season under Welsh and also made their second trip to the NCAA Tournament under his tutelage. Providence earned its highest seed ever in the NCAA Tournament as the team was picked as a five seed. In BIG EAST action, the squad also had a monumental season tying the team record for league wins with an 11-5 mark and finishing in third place in the conference standings. The Friars recorded a 3-2 mark over ranked teams and a 4-2 record against teams that reached the 2004 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen. The team achieved two significant firsts in 2004 when it defeated fourth-ranked and eventual national champion Connecticut, 66-56, in Hartford on January 24, 2004 to post the Friars' first win ever on the road over a top-four team and when it defeated 18th-ranked Syracuse, 74-61, for its first win ever over a defending national champion. Welsh's squad's success did not go unnoticed in 2004 as the team spent nine weeks in the national polls and climbed as high as 12th in the Associated Press Poll and 13th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll. It marked the highest the Friars had been ranked since 1978.
In 2004, Welsh saw Gomes blossom into one of the top players ever to wear a Friars uniform. Gomes averaged 18.9 points and 9.4 rebounds per game. He earned First Team All-BIG EAST accolades and received nine All-America honors, including Associated Press First Team. Gomes became just the fourth Friar ever to earn Associated Press First Team honors and the first since Marvin Barnes earned the distinction in 1974.
The 2002-03 season was another successful campaign for Welsh as the Friar bench boss. His squad won eight of its last 11 games, including one in the BIG EAST Tournament and two in the NIT, to finish with an 18-14 mark overall. In league play, the Friars finished in third place in the BIG EAST East Division with an 8-8 record.
In 2002, Welsh led a Friar team that was devastated by injuries to a 15-16 mark. His star senior John Linehan had a very impressive season. Under Welsh's guidance, Linehan established the NCAA and BIG EAST career steals records. For his efforts, Linehan earned his second BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year honor, as well as NABC Defensive Player of the Year, ESPN.com Defensive Player of the Year, Second Team All-BIG EAST honors and Honorable Mention All-America accolades.
In 2000-01, Welsh guided the Friars to one of their most successful seasons ever. The squad posted a 21-10 mark and earned its first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1997. Welsh also guided the team to one of its best seasons ever in BIG EAST competition as the Friars posted a school record 11 BIG EAST wins. The team finished in second place with an 11-5 mark in the BIG EAST East Division.
Another one of Welsh's accomplishments during his highly productive third season as the Friars' bench boss was that he had the team ranked No. 25 in the Associated Press Poll on February 19. It marked the first time the Friars had earned an in-season ranking since January 24, 1989.
One of the reasons for the Friars' in-season ranking was their monumental 103-79 victory over the 12th-ranked Georgetown Hoyas on February 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center. Welsh's Friars became the first team to score 100 or more points against Georgetown in a BIG EAST game. Also, the 24-point Friar win was the largest deficit ever for the Hoyas in a BIG EAST loss.
The 2000-01 season also was significant for Welsh as he earned his 100th career coaching victory. On November 29, 2000, Providence defeated Florida International, 74-55, at the Dunkin' Donuts Center for Welsh's 100th victory.
Welsh continues to be regarded as one of the game's top recruiters. Welsh and his staff consistently find recruits who will be able to complement an already solid core of players.
Once being named head coach at Providence, it did not take long before Welsh found success in the Ocean State. His first Friar squad posted a 16-14 mark with a team that featured no regular player over 6-7. The Friars were 9-9 on the year in the BIG EAST including five league road wins. Early in the season, PC knocked off four Top-25 teams in a row (Rhode Island, Pittsburgh, Purdue and Syracuse) on the way to the Friars' first post-season appearance since 1997.
The Tim Welsh Era at Providence College officially began on April 2, 1998 when the Massena, New York native was named the 13th head basketball coach in the school's storied basketball history. The announcement was made by Providence College President Reverend Philip A. Smith.
In making the appointment, Father Smith said, "We sought the opinions of some of the most knowledgeable people in the country about college basketball and coaching talent. Specifically, we wanted a coach capable of sustaining the rich tradition of Providence College basketball and, equally important, an outstanding person who would fully embrace the College's educational philosophy. Tim Welsh was at the top of everyone's list."
Welsh has brought stability to the Friar basketball program. Following a highly successful season in 2000-01, he signed a seven-year contract extension, which ensured that Welsh will be leading the Friars through the 2007-08 season. After his success in 2004, his contract again was extended through the 2009 season.
In the spring of 2001, Welsh expressed his excitement about his future with the Friars. "The administration has stepped up and made a statement to support the program. I love it here. My roots are here, I agree with the mission of the college and I enjoy living in Rhode Island. I'm excited about staying at Providence College as the head coach of the basketball program."
Welsh, formerly the head coach at Iona College, came to Providence with the task of revitalizing one of the most successful programs in New England. In his six seasons at the helm, Welsh has brought a high-energy and up-tempo style of play to Providence.
Welsh achieved a great deal of success in just three seasons as the head coach at Iona, leading the Gaels to three consecutive 20-win seasons. During that time, his teams turned in a 70-22 overall mark (76.1%), including a 27-win season in 1997-98. His 1997-98 squad was the first Iona team to advance to the NCAA Tournament since 1985.
During the 1997-98 campaign, Iona recorded just six losses while knocking off two BIG EAST opponents (Providence and Rutgers) and one Atlantic 10 foe (Fordham). The Gaels also put together the nation's longest winning streak - 15 games during the season.
In the three-game, MAAC Tournament, Iona led in all three games for all but 11 seconds with the closest game being an 11-point win over Loyola (Md.).
In three years with Welsh calling the shots, Iona advanced to post-season action each year, going to the National Invitation Tournament in 1996 and 1997 and the NCAA Tournament in 1998.
A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Coach of the Year (1997, 1998), Welsh also received 1996-97 NABC District II Coach of the Year honors and the 1995-96 Peter A. Carlesimo Award as the Metropolitan Area's Division I Coach of the Year.
Welsh served as an interim head coach at Iona for 10 games during the 1994-95 season, replacing his father, Hall of Fame coach Jerry Welsh, who stepped down following that season due to medical reasons. Prior to that, Tim had served as an assistant on his father's staff for four years.
No stranger to the BIG EAST, Tim Welsh served as an assistant coach to Jim Boeheim at Syracuse for three seasons (1988-91). During that time, Syracuse was 82-21, won two BIG EAST Conference Championships, the 1988 Preseason NIT Championship, and made three trips to the NCAA Tournament.
The 44-year old head coach got his start in college coaching at Iona where he served as a volunteer assistant to Pat Kennedy in 1985. Following that season, he became an assistant on Kennedy's staff at Florida State for two years before moving on to Syracuse.
Welsh played his college basketball under his father at Potsdam State. He was a co-captain his senior year and helped his team reach Final Four in 1984.
Eighth Year at PC: 12-15/5-11
Seventh Year at PC: 14-17/4-12
Sixth Year at PC: 20-9/11-5
Fifth Year at PC: 18-14/8-8
Fourth Year at PC: 15-16/6-10
Third Year at PC: 21-10/11-5
Second Year at PC: 11-19/4-12
First Year at PC: 16-14/9-9
Overall at PC: 127-114/58-72
Overall at Iona: 70-22
10-Year CAREER: 197-136
BIG EAST TOURNAMENT: 1-7
BIG EAST GAMES: 58-72
NON-LEAGUE GAMES: 69-42
NCAA TOURNAMENT: 0-3 (1998, 2001, 2004)
NIT: 2-4 (1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 2002-03)
Preseason NIT: 3-1 (2004-05)
2005-06 (12-15/5-11)...The team played the 19th-toughest schedule in the nation, including three of the eight Final Eight teams...16 of PC's 27 games were against teams that qualified for the postseason
2004-05 (14-17/4-12)...The Friars played the 12th toughest schedule in the nation with nine ranked opponents and 16 games against teams that qualified for the NCAA Tournament...PC posted a 3-1 mark and finished third in the Preseason NIT...
2003-04 (20-7/11-5)...Friars made the team's 15th appearance in the NCAA Tournament...Friars finished third in the BIG EAST, tying the team record for league wins with an 11-5 mark...Team was ranked for nine weeks during the season, reaching as high as No. 12 in the Associated Press Poll on March 1...Friars earned the 23rd 20-win season and first since 2001.
2002-03 (18-14/8-8)...Friars posted their second highest win total in the last six years with an 18-14 mark...Finished third in the BIG EAST East Division with an 8-8 record...Team advanced to the Second Round of the NIT and posted a 2-1 mark in the Tournament...Ended the season winning eight of the last 11 games, including a 76-70 victory at Connecticut on March 5.
2001-02 (15-16/6-10)...Team was slowed by injuries as five players missed a combined 49 games...Finished sixth in the BIG EAST East Division with a 6-10 mark...Squad posted a 15-16 record overall...
2000-01 (21-10/11-5)...Finished second in the BIG EAST East Division with a school record 11 BIG EAST wins (11-5)...Team was 21-10 overall and earned its first bid to the NCAA Tournament since 1997...Had the Friars ranked No. 25 in AP Poll for the first in-season ranking at PC since January 24, 1989...
1999-00 (11-19/4-12)...Team showed signs of maturity and improvement as season progressed...Upset national power Arkansas, 87-81...Defeated archrival Rhode Island for second consecutive season, 62-49...
1998-99 (16-14/9-9)...9-9 record in the BIG EAST is the best by a Friars' first year coach...First win as a Friars' head coach was upset of #23 Rhode Island, 87-63...Coached 100th career game against Brown University (12/5)...Upset #9 Purdue, 87-82...Won first BIG EAST game at #23 Pittsburgh, 83-68...Upset #18 Syracuse, 67-58...
1997-98 (27-6/10-4)...Led Iona to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championship...Coached Iona to first NCAA appearance since 1985...MAAC Coach of the Year...Metopolitan Basketball Writers' Area's Division I Coach of the Year...Jack Bruen Award as New York State Coach of the Year...Team won school record 27 games...
1996-97 (22-8/11-3)...Led Iona to first place finish in MAAC...Made second consecutive NIT appearance...MAAC Coach of the Year...NABC District II Coach of the Year...
1995-96 (21-8)/15-3)...Won first of three MAAC regular season titles...Took Iona to first NIT appearance since 1983...Winner of Peter A. Carlesimo Award as Metropolitan Basketball Writers' Division I Coach of the Year...
The Welsh Facts File
October 4, 1960
Massena, New York
Massena High School
Potsdam State University '84
1998 - Head Coach, Providence College
1995-98 Head Coach, Iona College
1994-95 Interim Head Coach, Iona College (10 games)
1991-95 Assistant Coach, Iona College
1988-91 Assistant Coach, Syracuse University
1986-88 Assistant Coach, Florida State University
1985-86 Volunteer Assistant Coach, Iona College
1998 - Metro Atlantic Athletic Association Coach of the Year
1998 - Peter A. Carlesimo Award - Metropolitan Area Division I
Coach of the Year
1998 - Jack Bruen Award - New York State Coach of the Year
1997 - Metro Atlantic Athletic Association Coach of the Year
1997 - NABC District II Coach of the Year
1996 - Peter A. Carlesimo Award - Metropolitan Area Division I
Coach of the Year
TIM WELSH COACHING RECORD
YEAR SCHOOL RECORD PCT CONF. REC. FINISH TOUR. POST SEASON
1995-96 Iona College 21-8 .724 10-4 Tie First 1-1 NIT 0-1
1996-97 Iona College 22-8 .733 11-3 First 0-1 NIT 0-1
1997-98 Iona College 27-6 .818 15-3 First 3-0 NCAA 0-1
1998-99 Providence 16-14 .533 9-9 Tie Sixth 0-1 NIT 0-1
1999-00 Providence 11-19 .367 4-12 12th 0-1 ---- ----
2000-01 Providence 21-10 .677 11-5 Second (East Div.) 0-1 NCAA 0-1
2001-02 Providence 15-16 .484 6-10 Sixth (East Div.) 0-1 ---- ----
2002-03 Providence 18-14 .563 8-8 Third (East Div.) 1-1 NIT 2-1
2003-04 Providence 20-9 .690 11-5 Third 0-1 NCAA 0-1
2004-05 Providence 14-17 .452 4-12 Ninth 0-1 --
2005-06 Providence 12-15 .444 5-11 12th --
Career 11 years 197-136 .593 93-78* Three Titles 5-9* 2-7
*Three seasons in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
WELSH VS. OPPONENTS (185-121, .605) entering 05-06
Team W L
Alaska-Fairbanks 1 0
Alabama 1 1
American 3 0
American (Puerto Rico) 1 0
Arkansas 1 1
Auburn 0 1
Austin Peay 1 0
Binghamton 1 0
Boston College 5 8
Boston University 3 0
Brown University 5 1
Canisius 4 3
Central Connecticut 2 1
Charleston 1 0
Clemson 0 1
Cleveland State 2 1
Colgate 2 0
Columbia 1 0
Connecticut 3 8
Cornell 2 0
Creighton 0 1
Detroit 1 1
Duquesne 0 1
Evansville 0 1
Fairfield 5 2
Fairleigh Dickinson 2 0
Florida 1 0
Florida International 1 0
Fordham 3 1
George Washington 1 1
Georgetown 5 5
Hampton 2 0
Hofstra 2 0
Holy Cross 1 1
Illinois 1 0
Kentucky 0 1
Liberty 1 0
Long Island 1 0
Louisiana Lafayette 1 0
Loyola Univ. Chicago 1 0
Loyola (MD) 6 1
Maine 2 1
Manhattan 3 3
Marist 3 0
Masschusetts 2 0
Memphis 1 0
Miami (FL) 4 5
Michigan 1 0
Michigan State 0 1
Missouri-Kansas City 1 0
Morgan State 2 0
Niagara 7 0
Northeastern 2 0
North Carolina State 1 2
Notre Dame 2 5
Ohio University 1 0
Oklahoma State 0 1
Pacific 0 1
Penn State 0 1
Pennsylvania 2 0
Pittsburgh 2 5
Providence 1 0
Purdue 1 0
Rhode Island 7 2
Richmond 4 0
Rider 2 0
Rutgers 4 6
Sacred Heart 1 0
San Diego State 1 0
St. Francis (NY) 1 0
St. John's 9 3
St. Joseph's 0 1
St. Peter's 4 2
St. Thomas Aquinas 1 0
Seton Hall 5 4
Siena 9 2
South Carolina 1 1
South Florida 1 1
Syracuse 2 6
Texas 0 2
Texas Christian 0 1
Texas El Paso 1 0
Texas Pan-American 1 0
Vanderbilt 0 1
Vermont 1 0
Villanova 8 6
Virginia 2 2
Virginia Tech 4 3
Wagner 1 1
Wake Forest 0 1
West Virginia 4 6
Wichita State 0 1
Winthrop 0 1