By Evan Mohl

The Cove Herald

A third Welch has joined the Bulldawgs football coaching staff.

Josh Welch, oldest son of head coach Jack Welch, joined the Dawgs as a quarterbacks coach. He'll play a major role in developing the four QBs vying for next year's starting job.

Tracy Welch, Jack's brother, is the offensive coordinator.

"I didn't think Josh would get into high school coaching," Jack said on Tuesday. "But, he's got it in his blood, and he's been around it all of his life."

Josh was a three-year starter for Cove from 2001-03 and shares the school record for most wins by a quarterback (24) with Robert Griffin III. After his career as a Bulldawg, Josh played four years at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor where he did nothing but win. Welch was 44-9 and led the Crusaders to the Division III national semifinals.

The QB had several opportunities to sign with arena football teams, but declined in order to come back and coach the Bulldawgs. Besides coaching quarterbacks, Josh will also teach at Ledger Williams Elementary.

"He kind of got the coaching," said his father, "but, he got a little lucky with a spot opening up at the elementary school and jumped at the opportunity."

Josh has coached at several football camps, but this will be his first time to be employed by a school district as a high school coach.

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