Former Trinity Catholic boys basketball coach Mike Walsh learned today he will be inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame.
The ceremony is currently scheduled to be held in November.
The honor comes just a month after the school where Walsh coached for four decades closed.
“It means a lot to be honored by your fellow coaches and peers and that’s something I’m very proud of,” Walsh said. “As far as Trinity Catholic, they gave me the opportunity. The school closed and I’m disappointed with that, but it’s not the building, it’s the memories and the people.”
Walsh finished a 40-year career with 650 wins. The first 633, the fourth-most in state history, came with the Crusaders’ boys program. Walsh helped the Crusaders reach the state final 13 times and the FCIAC championship on 11 occasions, all since 1993, when they won their first conference title. Trinity under Walsh won seven state and six league titles.
After retiring two summers ago but agreeing to stay on as an assistant, Walsh was asked to coach the school’s girls team that December after Mike Martino unexpectedly stepped down. Walsh led the team to 17 more wins and the Class S title.
That will now stand as the final championship in Trinity Catholic’s illustrious history.