Kevin Byrne, a member of Walsh Jesuit’s Class of 1992, will be the next Walsh Jesuit boys basketball head coach. Having successfully coached teams at the collegiate level, Byrne hopes to continue being successful for his alma mater.
"I am very excited and thankful to have this great opportunity," Byrne said. "I'm looking forward to coaching at Walsh Jesuit - a place very dear to me."
Most recently, Byrne was the assistant men’s basketball coach at the University of Akron. Prior to that position, he was the head men’s basketball coach at Ohio Northern University. While at Ohio Northern, Byrne guided the Polar Bears to a 41-38 record, a winning percentage of .519. ONU had a 16-10 record and finished fourth in the Ohio Athletic Conference in 2013-14.
"We are very excited about welcoming Coach Byrne to the WJ family," said Walsh Jesuit athletic director Barb Salata. "Coach brings an exceptional energy and expertise to our program that will truly 'make the W shine.' We look for great success for our athletes and our program under Coach Byrne's leadership."
Byrne came to Ohio Northern after a 4-year stint at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he served as their associate head coach, and brought 13 years of coaching experience and three years of experience playing professional basketball to the Polar Bears. The Akron native also had coaching stints at Marietta and Carnegie Mellon (Pa.) and played professional basketball for three seasons in Europe.?
After graduating from Carnegie Mellon, Byrne enjoyed a three-year professional career playing in England and Ireland. While at Carnegie Mellon, he graduated as the third all-time leading scorer and fifth all-time leading rebounder.