While reading the "transactions" reports of my local newspaper this morning we learned of a coach with MAAC connections moving on to join the staff of another coach with past MAAC connections.
The coach with the new position is Mike Romano who, for the past two seasons, served as a graduate assistant for the Marist men's program. Romano, earlier this week, was named the top assistant at Rhode Island College, a high-powered Division III program located in Providence.
He joins the staff of Bob Walsh, who enters his ninth year at RIC, whose tenure so far has produced the best stretch of success in that program's history. Walsh's record at the school is 158-50 as a member of the Little East Conference. His teams have been to six straight D-III NCAA tournaments, one of just five programs nationally to have done that.
Walsh, for those with a relatively lengthy memory, began his coaching career career when he served as an administrative assistant on Tim Welsh's staff at Iona in the 1994-95 and 1995-96 seasons. Walsh also worked on Welsh's staff for several years at Providence of the Big East.
Besides his work at Marist, Romano has worked on the staff of the annual GymRat AAU tournaments (both boys and girls) in the upstate New York area. Your blogger is also involved with that event, and can attest to Romano's expertise and work ethic, sentiments expressed by Walsh upon hiring Romano.
"Mike has great basketball experience and refuses to let anyone outwork him," said Walsh, through a press release issued by RIC. "He's going to help our program in all phases and we are very lucky to have him."