In his first full season on the coaching staff, and the third current coaching staff member to own an NCAA title as a student-athlete at the University of Wisconsin, Matt Walsh was a defenseman on the Badgers' 1983 NCAA championship team.
Like Head Coach Mike Eaves and assistant coach Gary Shuchuk, Walsh returns to his alma mater to pass on the tradition of Badger hockey.
Walsh joined the Badgers on Nov. 23, 2012 as interim assistant coach, a day Wisconsin skated at the Kohl Center against Minnesota State. UW fell that night and the next and dropped to 1-7-2 on the season.
But with the help of Walsh, the team turned it around, going 21-6-5 the rest of the way on the way to an NCAA tournament berth. During that four-month surge, the Badgers defense would finish as the WCHA's stingiest by allowing just 2.29 goals-against per game in league contests. That helped the team capture the Broadmoor Trophy as 2013 WCHA Playoff champions. They would also capture the OfficeMax Hockey City Classic at Soldier Field in Chicago with a 3-2 victory over Minnesota in front of over 52,000 people.
A member of Wisconsin's 1983 NCAA championship team as a freshman defenseman, Walsh played for the Badgers from 1982-86, winning the WHA-TV Jim Santulli Seventh-Man Award his senior season. In four seasons with the Badgers, Walsh scored eight goals, recorded 54 assists and tallied 62 points in 166 games.
As Coach-in-Chief for USA Hockey's Central District since 1995, Walsh has been responsible for coordinating seminars for USA Hockey's Coaching Education Program over a six-state area. In 2003, Walsh traveled to Veruimaki, Finland, to represent the USA Hockey Coaching Education Program at an International Ice Hockey Federation World Development Camp, where he presented to coaches from around the world.
Throughout his time with USA Hockey, he has served as an evaluator for various USA Hockey Select 15, 16 and 17 teams. He also co-coached Select 15 and 16 district teams.
Head coach of Team Wisconsin from 1991-96 and again in 1998 and 1999, the Madison, Wis., native was also an assistant coach for the team from 1988-90. The team is made up of the top 20 seniors from Wisconsin.
Walsh coached hockey on the prep level for many years, serving as head coach at Stoughton High School from 1994 to 1996, assistant coach at Madison Lafollette High School from 1989 to 1992 and Madison Memorial High School from 1986 to 1989.
Walsh and his wife, Anne, reside in Janesville, Wis., with sons Connor, Nate and Sammy.