Robert Morris assistant coach Michael Byrnes is expected to be named the new head coach at Division III Rhode Island College, according to a report from the Providence Journal.
When contacted by the Post-Gazette on Monday and asked to confirm the news, Byrnes said to call him back Wednesday afternoon, which would coincide with a press conference the Providence, R.I. school has scheduled. Colonials head coach Andy Toole did not immediately respond to a phone call.
Byrnes spent the last 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. Given his pedigree and background, this is a move that certainly makes sense for both parties.
He will replace Bob Walsh, who was named the new head coach at the University of Maine in May. Walsh spent nine seasons at the school, going 204-63 while making 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).