Brian Walmsley recently concluded his 18th season as head coach of the Wheaton College men's basketball team in 2014-15. Walmsley is the winningest coach in program history, and four seasons ago became just the second men’s or women’s hoops coach to reach the 200-win milestone with a 63-61 win over Springfield on January 13, 2011 at Emerson Gymnasium.
Seven years ago, Walmsley led the Lyons to a third-place finish in the highly competitive New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). In 2007-08, he guided a young squad to Wheaton's ninth NEWMAC Tournament semifinal round appearance in ten seasons. Walmsley coached the 2005-06 team to the program's second-straight Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Tournament title.
Walmsley's teams have strung together seven of Wheaton's top nine single-season victory totals in the 22-year history of the program. In 1999-2000, the Lyons captured their first NEWMAC regular season championship after posting a 9-3 mark in conference play (16-9 overall). During his tenure at Wheaton, Walmsley has posted six seasons of 16-or-more wins and six ECAC Tournament bids.
Away from his coaching responsibilities, Walmsley serves on the NCAA Tournament regional selection committee. He has also directed the Basketball Dimensions summer camp at Wheaton since 1998. A former assistant director of the Rising Star Basketball School in Waltham, Walmsley traveled to Tel Aviv, Israel, in 1997, when he was co-director of the adidas-Israel Basketball Camp.
Before arriving in Norton in 1997, Walmsley spent six years as an assistant men's basketball coach at Division I Harvard University while also serving as director of athletic promotions. He played a significant role in helping guide the team to its most successful season in 51 years, as the 1996-97 squad went 17-9 and tied for the runner-up spot in the Ivy League.
A 1988 Bentley University graduate with a bachelor's degree in finance, Walmsley began his coaching career at his alma mater, where he was assistant coach, head junior varsity coach, and director of summer camps for three years. As an undergraduate at Bentley, Walmsley was a team captain, most valuable player, and the school's Outstanding Senior Male Athlete.
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Derek DeMasi begins his fourth season as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Wheaton College in 2014-15.
DeMasi received his bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Rhode Island in May, 2011. A four-time Dean’s List student, DeMasi was the head student manager for the Rams baseball team from December 2009-June 2011. During that time, he was responsible for the breakdown and compilation of statistical data and video editing while assisting with the coordination of team travel and the development and production of yearly fundraisers. DeMasi also managed numerous events, including the annual golf tournament and Autism Awareness Day and organized recruiting information.
A four-year football operations summer intern with the New England Patriots, DeMasi spent the entire 2010 season with the organization and helped with both the logistical coordination of the team’s football operations and the day-to-day logistical needs of players and staff. Additionally, DeMasi was accountable for the organization and production of player/coach game plan books and playbooks. He also assisted with media resource projects, the research of player information, and the transportation of players and personnel.
Bill Naylor begins his second season as an assistant coach at Wheaton College in 2014-15.
Naylor joined the coaching staff after serving as the first assistant on the men's basketball coaching staff at Lasell College for three seasons. Naylor's responsibilities included recruiting, scouting, practice plan design and game strategy.
Prior to his appointment at Lasell, Naylor was the first assistant at Dean College for four seasons. Naylor currently is the head coach of the Bay State Jagues AAU (11U) team in Newton, Mass. Naylor's squad won the Middelsex Magic Fall Classic Tournament in 2011 and also captured tournament champion honors at the Mass Rivals - Ruckus in Reading Tournament in the same year.
Naylor received his bachelor's of science in marketing with a minor in finance from Providence College in 2007. While at Providence, Naylor served as a student assistant film coordinator preparing scout films for the coaching staff and also captured live game footage. Naylor has several years of basketball camp coaching experience working at Stonehill College, Providence, Bryant University, Lasell and Bridgewater State University among others.