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College Football Hall of Fame Coach George Welsh dies at 85

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

Former college football coach George Welsh has died. He was 85.

He died on Wednesday in Charlottesville, Virginia. The cause of death is not known at this time.


The Coaldale, Pennsylvania native was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. He won the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Coach of the Year four-times in 1983, 1984, 1991, and 1995.

He also received the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year in 1991. He won the ACC Championship in 1989 and 1995.

Welsh was 198-132-4 as a college football head coach. He went 134-86-3 with the Cavaliers from 1982 through 2000.

He also coached the Navy Midshipmen, where he went 55-46-1. He coached the Mids from 1973 through 1981.

He also served as an assistant coach with the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1963 through 1972.

Welsh had a 5-10 Bowl record in his coaching career. However, he lost his last four Bowl games.

In his final season, he guided the Cavaliers to a 6-6 record. Virginia was defeated by the Georgia Bulldogs, 37-14, in the Jeep Oahu Bowl on December 24th, 2000 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawai’i.

His final Bowl win with the Cavaliers came in the 1995 Peach Bowl. He guided his team to a 34-27 win over the Bulldogs on December 30th, 1995 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.

Welsh’s best season in Charlottesville, Virginia came in 1989 when he guided the team to a 10-3 mark. They; however, were defeated 31-21 in the Florida Citrus Growers Association Florida Citrus Bowl on January 1st, 1990 at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.

His best season in Annapolis, Maryland was 9-3 in 1978. The Mids defeated the BYU Cougars, 23-16, in the Holiday Bowl on December 22nd, 1978 at San Diego Stadium in San Diego, California.


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