University at Buffalo women's swimming and diving head coach Andy Bashor announced Thursday the hiring of Ian Walsh as an assistant coach. Walsh comes from Cal Berkeley, where he spent one season as an assistant.
"I want to take this opportunity to welcome Ian Walsh to the UB Swimming and Diving family as the next assistant coach of the program," Bashor said in a release. "Ian is going to bring new excitement and energy to the team. His experience at Cal, one of the best women's programs in the country, and working with elite level student-athletes is going to benefit our team. I am looking forward to coaching with him and taking our women's team to new heights in the MAC and in the NCAA's."
Walsh has coached at the Division I level for four seasons, the first three coming at Marshall. He swam at Duquesne and replaces former UB assistant Michael Camper, who left for an assistant job at Pittsburgh in July.
With the Golden Bears last season, Walsh helped the team to a second-place finish at the NCAA Championships, which included four individual national champions and two relay-team winners. At Marshall, Walsh helped the Thundering Herd to a program-best third-place finish at the 2016 Conference USA Championships. The team also broke 28 school records in Walsh's time there.
While swimming for Duquesne, Walsh set school records in both the 100- and 200-yard breaststroke and swam on two medley relay teams that set school records. In 2009, Walsh won the Atlantic 10 championship in the 100 breaststroke.