Source: Walsh to be named SU’s new men’s basketball coach

Shenandoah University is expected to announce the hiring of Adam Walsh as the school’s new men’s basketball coach, a source familiar with the situation confirmed Tuesday afternoon.

SU will officially announce Walsh’s hiring at 7 a.m. Wednesday, the source said.

Walsh, a Winchester native and a graduate of James Wood High School, has served as the head men’s basketball coach at NCAA Division III Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana, for the past seven seasons. He compiled a record of 84-99 during his time at Centenary, including an 83-70 mark after going 1-29 in his first season with the Gents in 2010-11. Centenary College went 12-14 this past season.

Walsh, a 2000 graduate of High Point, was named the Coach of the Year in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference in 2014 after guiding the Gents to an 18-10 overall record – the program’s first winning season since 2003-04 – and its first appearance in the conference tournament championship game in 23 years.

Walsh will replace former Shenandoah head coach Rob Pryor, who did not have his contract renewed following the 2016-17 season. Pryor served as the Hornets’ head coach for six seasons and finished with a record of 40-117 (.254), including a 9-17 overall mark in 2016-17.

SU was 5-11 in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference this past season, its best record since joining the conference in 2012. The Hornets have not had a winning season since the 2007-08 campaign.

Shenandoah University, which has played its home basketball games in Shingleton Gymnasium since 1969, is scheduled to open a new 77,000-square-foot indoor athletics facility, recently named the James R. Wilkins Jr. Athletics and Events Center, in early 2018.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com