Bob Huggins became Walsh's head coach in 1980 and promptly turned the Cavs into a NAIA power in three short years. After a 14-16 finish in his first year, Huggins guided the Cavs to a 23-9 finish and a Mid-Ohio Conference title, Walsh's first, in 1981-82. His third and final year on the Walsh sidelines was a season to remember. Walsh won all 30 regular season games and finished second in the Final A.P. Poll to Chaminade University, who upset Ralph Sampson and the University of Virginia that same season. In 1982-83, Walsh would win its second straight MOC crown and first-ever NAIA District 22 championship to advance to Kansas City, Missouri and the NAIA Championships for the first time at 34-0, the Nation's only undefeated team at any level. Walsh's dream of a national championship ended at the Kemper Arena, when they fell 65-63 to Salem College on a last second shot. Huggins was named MOC of the Year for the second straight time, along with being named District 22 Coach of the Year and Area VI Coach of the Year. He left Walsh as the all-time winningest coach at 71-26.