Steve Loy was Walsh University Head Basketball Coach from 1992 until his death, February 2, 2004, after a courageous battle with liver cancer. Loy was 52. He leaves his wife, Karen, son Alex and daughter Meredith. Loy, the all-time leader in coaching wins (254) at Walsh University, posted a 254-130 record in 12 years. Walsh reached the post season every season under Loy. The Cavs advanced to seven title games under his direction and reached the NAIA National Tournament four times.
Loy became head coach at Walsh in April of 1992 and immediately returned the program to national prominence. In his first year as head coach ('92-93), Loy guided the Cavs to a 29-5 record, a Mid-Ohio Conference title, and a sweet-sixteen appearance in the national tournament. The Cavs also upset NCAA division one opponent St. Bonaventure University on the road. In 1995, Loy elevated the Cavs back to the national limelight, as Walsh reached the NAIA Final Four before losing to eventual national champion Albertson College. The Cavs won 31 games and the Mid-Ohio Conference regular season and post-season championships. Walsh was also ranked second in the final NAIA division two poll.
Loy was named Mid-Ohio Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in 1995 and was runner-up to former Walsh coach and current University of Cincinnati head coach, Bob Huggins, for Ohio Coach of the Year honors. Loy was also runner-up for NAIA National Coach of the Year accolades.
Success was synonymous with Loy. He coached ten NAIA All-Americans, including Walsh's first two, first team honorees, Corry Appline (1992-93) and Bob Boldon (1995-96). Walsh's win total Loy?s last five years (182) ranks with Ohio's elite schools. Loy reached two milestones in 1997-98, he recorded his 100th coaching victory and became Walsh's all-time winningest coach. Loy?s Cavs were nearly impossible to beat at home his last seven full years, winning 84 of 103 games played at the Physical Education Center.