Dean Walsh enters his fourth season as head coach of the Valkyries Basketball program for the 2018-19 season.
2017-18 was a season of excellence for Walsh and the Valkyries, improving their win total to a Division II program record nine games. His total of 21 wins is the most by a coach at Converse. During the campaign the Purple and Gold led the nation in free throw attempts per game and was 19th in the nation in turnovers forced per game. Last year's team set school records for steals in a season, assists in a game (28 vs. Bob Jones), steals in a game (19 vs. Lees-McRae), free throws made (33 vs. Lees-McRae), three-pointers made (12 vs. Bob Jones), and single game field goal percentage (50.8% vs. Bob Jones).
In his first season at the helm during the 2015-16 season, Walsh improved the win total to a Division II record seven games. Walsh coached Bri James to a Conference Carolinas Third Team All-Conference selection. Team finished fourth in rebounds per game (40.8) in Conference Carolinas. Team led the conference in blocks per game at 4.9 per game while finishing 18th in the nation in the category. Team finished 39th in the nation in total blocked shots (127). Team finished 37th in the nation in turnovers forced with 19.5 per game.
Walsh came to Converse after short stints at Division I Austin Peay State University and Gardner-Webb where he was an Assistant Coach and Associate Head Coach respectively.
Walsh is most notably known for his tenure at Carson-Newman. In 10 seasons at Carson-Newman Walsh's teams qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament four times and reached the Sweet 16 in 2005 and the second round in 2010. He was named the NCAA Division II Region 3 Coach of the Year in 2005 and 2007 and led his team to nine finishes of fourth or better in South Atlantic Conference play.
Coach Walsh returned to his alma mater, Maryville College, where he posted a 61-17 record during his three years at the helm. He led the program to the NCAA Division III Tournament in consecutive season (2000 and 2001). The 2001 team reached the second round and was ranked as high as 16th nationally.
Walsh's head coaching career began at Hiwassee College and led that program to consecutive NJCAA National Tournament appearances (1996 and 1997). The 1995-96 team reached the NJCAA Sweet 16 and the 1996-97 team posted a school record 30 wins and was ranked No. 9 nationally. He was the NJCAA Regional Coach of the Year in both 1996 and 1996 and was a finalist for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's District IX Coach of the Year in 1997.
Walsh has served on many NCAA and WBCA committees, including as a representative for the NCAA Division II Male Coaches for Women's Basketball Committee. He also served as the Southeast Regional Ranking Selection Committee Chairman, the Southeast Regional representative for the WBCA NCAA Division II National Coach of the Year, and has been a member of both the NCAA Division II and the NCAA Division III Conference Captains Legislative Committee. Dean has also been a part of the WBCA Mentor-to-Mentor program for three years and has been named the lead mentor during the past two years.
Walsh has coached in the USA Athletics International organization during the summer months, including stints in Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Germany, Holland and Italy, winning four championships and compiling a 33-1 (.971) overall record. During his time as a coach, Walsh has produced 10 All-Americans.
Walsh, who received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with an emphasis in Pre-Law from Maryville College in 1989.
The Walsh File (327-240 record)
Converse, Head Coach, 2015-present (21-57 record)
Austin Peay State University, Assistant Coach, 2013-14
Gardner-Webb, Associate Head Coach, 2012-13
Carson-Newman, Head Coach, 2001-11 (172-124 record)
Maryville (Tenn.), Head Coach, 1998-2001 (61-17 record)
Hiwassee, Head Coach, 1994-98 (66-23 record)