Friday, April 30, 2010

Former Iona Coach Welsh Faces DWI

This blog is meant to pass along news related to the conference, whether that news is good or bad. And, the link below certainly qualifies as the latter.

It's a story about new Hofstra coach Tim Welsh being arrested for DWI, after having been found passed out at the wheel of his car Thursday night/Friday morning. Here's the link:

The reports indicates that Welsh, who had coached several years at conference member Iona, has been suspended without pay, pending a school investigation.

Your blogger has no inside information on this, but a guess is that Welsh could lose his job and Hofstra will be looking for another coach.

Welsh had been doing color commentary for televised games this past season, including several for the MAAC. Your blogger watched a Siena-at-Niagara telecast this past year with Welsh as the commentator, and he did a good, professional job.

Welsh also did some MAAC tournament games, and your blogger had an opportunity to spend a few minutes with Welsh who, as always, was friendly and gracious.

But, as a coach, there are high standards to be set. College coaches should indeed be role models for their student-athletes, setting a personal standard that team members can emulate.

Welsh, clearly, failed in that responsibility and it will be interesting to see how this turns out.

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