Sean Walsh was named the sixth head coach in Southern New Hampshire University ice hockey history prior to the 2017-18 season.
SNHU won the program's second NE10 Championship in 2018-19 with a dramatic 4-3 win over top-seed Saint Anselm College. The Penmen went 14-9-4 and 7-5-3 in league play to finish second during the regular season. The Northeast-10 Conference honored Sean with its Coach of the Year award. Junior Kurt Gutting, a three-time NE10 Goaltender of the Week in 2018-19 – earned Goaltender of the Year and a place on the NE10 First Team. Gutting ranked second in goals against average (2.14) and save percentage (.936) in the league, going 11-5-4 between the pipes. He had a shutout win against Stonehill on Feb. 9. Senior Brett Strawn also received NE10 First Team recognition after leading the team with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists).
In its first season under the guidance of Walsh, the men's ice hockey squad finished above .500 for the first time since 2013-14, going 12-9-3, including 6-7-2 in league play to earn the fourth seed for the Northeast-10 Championship - its first berth in two years. The Penmen took on top-seeded Saint Anselm across town and fell to the eventual league champions. The team caught fire in the middle of the season, going 7-1-1 over a nine-game stretch from Nov. 17- Jan. 16 and then winning four-in-a-row from Feb. 2-10. The team also played a game at the SNHU Arena for the fourth straight season, capping the regular season against the crosstown-rival Hawks. Senior Chris Moquin garnered NE10 All-Conference First Team recognition, with classmate Matt McLelland earning Second Team honors.
Walsh came to Southern New Hampshire after spending the previous seven seasons as the top assistant at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Walsh oversaw recruiting, development of defensemen and goaltenders, and day-to-day operations. During his tenure, Walsh helped the program reach new heights, as the Beacons posted seven consecutive winning seasons and an overall record of 151-53-16. During the 2015-16 season, he was part of a coaching staff that led UMass Boston to its first-ever NCAA Division III Frozen Four, as well as its first New England Hockey Conference regular season and tournament titles since 1982. In total, Walsh recruited, coached and developed six All-Americans with the Beacons.
Prior to joining the Beacons’ coaching staff, Walsh served as an assistant coach at Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. He helped guide the Vikings to their best record in school history during his first season with a mark of 16-11-1. While at Lawrence, Walsh was in charge of recruiting, operations and a goaltending contingent that ranked among the nation’s leaders in shutouts during the 2008-09 season.
A native of Tewksbury, Massachusetts, Walsh graduated from Southern New Hampshire University in 2006 with a degree in communications. He remains heavily involved with USA Hockey as a talent evaluator and coach, and is also an instructor at Elite Skills and Stop It Goaltending.