The University of Wisconsin Athletic Department announced Friday that former Wisconsin defenseman Matt Walsh has been selected as the interim assistant hockey coach and will begin his duties immediately.
Walsh spent four seasons with the Badgers from 1982-86 and won a national championship during his freshman season.
“I’ve gotten to know Matt a little bit through Wisconsin hockey," head coach Mike Eaves said in a release from the university. "He’s been very involved in high school hockey and has coached in Wisconsin. Being an alumni, he’s got deep roots. He’s very excited about coming to this program and helping us move forward.”
The Madison, Wis. native has been a fixture with USA Hockey since 1995, undertaking a variety of responsibilities including representing the organization's coaching education program at an IHHF Development Camp in 2003.
Walsh spent two different stints as the head coach of Team Wisconsin, most recently during the 1999 campaign.
Since the beginning of the hiring process, Eaves has preached the importance of a balance between quickly filling the void left by Butters' departure and taking the time to thoroughly assess all of their options. Now that the process has come to a conclusion, Eaves is confident that the necessary balance was achieved.
“I think we’ve moved diligently, but at a good pace to get this done because we can’t have this hole exist too long," Eaves said. "We need to get another coach in here so we don’t fall behind in any of the areas we do as coaches.”
The Badgers open up a two-game series with Minnesota-Mankato Friday night at the Kohl Center. Game time is 7 p.m. Stay tuned to madtownbadgers.com for a full preview of this weekend's series.