Thursday , Jun , 03 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Providence extends Welsh’s contract

Providence, RI (Sports Network) – Providence College has extended the contract
of men’s head basketball coach Tim Welsh for one year. The deal will keep
Welsh with the school through the 2008-09 campaign.

Welsh guided the Friars to a 20-9 record this past season. Providence earned a
fifth seed in the St. Louis bracket of the NCAA Tournament, but was ousted in
the first round by Pacific.

Since being hired by Providence in 1998, Welsh has compiled a 101-82 mark at
the school.

“In just six seasons, Tim Welsh has brought great stability and leadership to
the Friar basketball program,” said athletics director Bob Driscoll. “Tim is
the perfect person to be guiding our basketball program and we are excited
that he will be coaching the Friars as we head into a new era in the Big

During the 2000-01 season, the Friars finished 21-10 and earned their first
trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1997. Following that campaign, Welsh signed
a seven-year contract extension.

Prior to his arrival at Providence, Welsh enjoyed a three-year stint as head
coach of Iona. He led the Gaels to three consecutive 20-win seasons, finishing
with a record of 70-22. His 1997-98 squad went 27-6 and became the first Iona
team to advance to the NCAA Tournament since 1985.