Rhode Island College to make RMU assistant its new head coach

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Robert Morris assistant coach Michael Byrnes is expected to be named the new head basketball coach at Division III Rhode Island College, according to a report from the Providence Journal.

When contacted Monday and asked to confirm the news, Byrnes said to call him back Wednesday afternoon, which would coincide with a news conference the Providence, R.I., school has scheduled. Colonials head coach Andy Toole did not immediately respond to a phone call.

Byrnes spent the past four seasons at Robert Morris after a 16-year stint as a coach at the prep-school level, 14 of which came at the Winchendon School in Winchendon, Mass. In his time as a head coach at that level, he compiled a record of 404-131 and claimed two New England Prep School Athletic Conference championships.

He will replace Bob Walsh, who was named the head coach at Maine in May. Walsh spent nine seasons at the school, going 204-63 with eight trips to the NCAA Division III tournament.

Along with Robby Pridgen, Byrnes was the lone remaining member of Toole’s staff from his first season as the Colonials coach (2010-11). The Massachusetts graduate, who played for the Minutemen and later coached there under John Calipari, played a critical role in Robert Morris landing Karvel Anderson, the 2014 Northeast Conference player of the year.

Craig Meyer: cmeyer@post-gazette.com. Twitter: @CraigMeyerPG.

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