Tim Welsh, Hofstra Men's Head Basketball Coach Resigns

Keith BennettCorrespondent IMay 3, 2010

Former Providence college basketball coach Tim Welsh has resigned as head coach of the Hofstra Pride before ever coaching a game.

The University announced Welsh's resignation in a two sentence news release: "Tim Welsh today tendered his resignation as the Hofstra men's basketball coach. The University accepted the resignation in the best interests of the University and of the men's basketball program."

Welsh's resignation follows his arrest early Friday morning in Nassau County, N.Y., on a charge of driving while intoxicated. Welsh pleaded not guilty to the charges.

On Saturday, he expressed his "deepest regrets and apologies" in an interview with Newsday. The university suspended Welsh without pay following the arrest.

Welsh, who worked at ESPN and SNY as a college basketball analyst, was fired at Providence two years ago after a decade long run.

Hofstra hired Welsh on March 31, giving him a five-year contract worth more than $600,000 a year.