College coaching moves: Walters succeeds Lombardo at JMU

Joshua Walters, who had worked for the last five years at UCLA, became just the second women's head coach in James Madison history when he was hired to succeed Dave Lombardo, who retired in November after 28 years during which he won 337 games.

Walters spent five years at UCLA, four as assistant coach before being elevated to associate head coach in 2017, and was the Bruins' recruiting coordinator. Before Westwood, he served on staffs at Houston, Utah State, Florida State and UCF.

"It is not lost on me that I am the second coach in JMU's history," he said, "and the immense responsibility that goes with stewarding a program that Dave Lombardo poured his life into for the last 28 years."

In 2005, Walters was awarded the NSCAA Honorary All-American Award. He is a 10-year military veteran and served in Afghanistan, where he received Bronze Star.

NCAA Division I Women:
Arkansas-Little Rock. Out: Adrian Blewitt (Army head coach)
Army. Out: Marcia McDermott. In: Adrian Blewitt (Arkansas-Little Rock head coach)
Austin Peay. Out: Kelley Guth. In: Naomi Kolarova (Tenn. Wesleyan head coach).
Cal State Bakersfield: Out: Gary Curneen.
East Carolina. Out: Rob Donnenwirth. In: Jason Hamilton (Mississippi State associate coach).
Fairfield. Out: Jim O'Brien.
High Point. Out: Marty Beall.
Incarnate Word. Out: Anne Felts. In: Emma Wright-Cates.
James Madison. Out: Dave Lombardo (retired). In: Joshua Walters.
Marist. Out: Gene Smith. In: Leigh Howard (Bucknell assistant).
Miami, Fla. Out: Mary-Frances Monroe.
Miami, Ohio. Out: Hugh Seyfarth (interim coach). In: Courtney Sirmans (Rice assistant).
Michigan. Out: Greg Ryan.
Montana: Out: Mark Plakorus.
Murray State. Out: Jeremy Groves (Mississippi State associate coach). In: Matt Lodge (Murray State assistant).
New Mexico State. Out: Freddy Delgado. In: Rob Baarts (San Jose State assistant).
North Dakota State. Out: Mark Cook.
Northwestern State. Out: George Van Linder. In: Jess and Anna Jobe (Dallas Baptist assistant coaches).
Notre Dame. Out: Theresa Romagnolo.
Pittsburgh. Out: Greg Miller. In: Randy Waldrum.
Out: Garrett Smith. In:  Michelle French.
Prairie View A&M. Out: Abe Garcia.
Out: Peter Albright. In: Marty Beall (High Point head coach).
South Dakota. Out: Mandy Green. In: Michael Thomas (Cal State Fullerton associate coach).
UConn. Out: Len Tsantiris (retired). In: Margaret Rodriguez (UConn assistant).
UMass. Out: Ed Matz. In:  Jason Dowiak (USF associate coach).
UMBC. Out: Leslie Wray.
Towson. Out: Greg Paynter. In: Katherine Vettori.
William & Mary. Out: John Daly (retired). In: Julie Cunningham Shackford.
Youngstown State. Out: Fabio Boateng. In: Brian Shrum (Duquesne associate coach).

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