Hall of Fame - Inductee Detail

George Welsh

George Welsh


  • Position: Coach
  • School: Navy, Virginia
  • Years: 1973-2000
  • Inducted: 2004
  • Place of Birth: Coaldale, PA
  • Date of Birth: Aug 26, 1933

Member Biography

Responsible for rebuilding two national Division I-A programs, George Welsh guided Navy and Virginia for a total of 28 years, returning Navy to its past glory and lifting Virginia to a new level of success. Welsh began his head coaching career at Navy, where he led the Midshipmen to three bowl game appearances and their first nine win season in 16 years. In nine seasons, Welsh won 55 games, the most in Navy history. Welsh�s legacy at Virginia began in 1982, and in 19 years at the helm, he became the all-time winningest coach in school and Atlantic Coast Conference history. Named ACC Coach of the Year five times. Welsh guided the Cavaliers to a share of two ACC titles and set a conference record with 13 consecutive seasons of at least seven wins. In his tenure, Welsh led Virginia to 12 bowl game appearances, including their first ever, the Peach Bowl, in 1984. Prior to his arrival, Virginia had only two winning seasons in the program�s previous 29 years � Welsh guided the Cavs to 15 winning seasons in 19 years. In all, his 189 victories ranked him 24th in Division I-A history upon the completion of his career.
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