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Sources: Matt Walsh to be Named New Wisconsin Hockey Assistant Coach

Has Mike Eaves found his new assistant coach?
Has Mike Eaves found his new assistant coach?
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Since it's Thanksgiving and everyone is busy, I'll cut right to the chase with what we know right now.

A candidate for Wisconsin's assistant coaching opening has confirmed to Bucky's 5th Quarter that Mike Eaves has hired someone to fill the position. The job opened up when Bill Butters stepped down from the Badgers' bench on November 7th to pursue his passion of ministry.

Two separate sources have indicated that the man who has been chosen is former Badger defenseman Matt Walsh. One of those confirming that Walsh is the guy is Peter Johnson, son of Badger Bob, and brother of Mark.

Given Johnson's connections to the program, it would be surprising if he was given bad information.

UPDATE: Johnson has since deleted the tweet he sent to me in regards to Eaves hiring Walsh.

Walsh is certainly not someone that I had heard of as a candidate for the position, and the move initially seems to come out of left field. A brief Google search of Walsh shows that he's currently the Central District Coach-In-Chief for USA Hockey.

Walsh played defense for the Badgers from 1982-86 and was a freshman on the 1983 national championship team.

We'll post more information as it becomes available.

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