Education: University of North Carolina, bachelor of arts, political science, 1962; J.D., 1965
First job: Assistant coach, University of North Carolina
Career moves: Left UNC to become assistant coach at the University of South Carolina. Assistant coach with the Denver Nuggets before becoming head coach. Hired as assistant coach of the Pacers, promoted to general manager in 1986. Named president of Pacers Sports & Entertainment in 1988.
Boards: Board of directors, The Pacers Foundation, IU-PUI Metro and the Indiana Literacy Foundation
Fast facts: Walsh was drafted in the third round by the old Philadelphia Warriors of the NBA, but never played. He turned down an opportunity to practice law with the New York firm of future President Richard Nixon to follow his love of coaching.
What was your greatest challenge in business and how did you overcome it?
The biggest challenge is to reach the NBA finals. To do that takes perseverance.
Whom do you admire most in business?
I admire Jerry Colangelo from the Phoenix Suns. During his career, he went from a scout to an owner.
What is the greatest lesson you've learned in business?
Was there any single moment that sold you on the world's greatest game?
My big moment, probably when I was a young man in New York and my father took me to Madison Square Garden to see the games. When I was an assistant coach at South Carolina, I became aware of Indiana basketball and always felt that I would love to be a part of it. So when I got the opportunity to come to Indiana, it really was a dream come true.