Welch from 1947 Tyee yearbook
January 13, 1907|
|Died||September 15, 1974(aged 67)|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Head coaching record|
W. Ralph "Pest" Welch (January 13, 1907 – September 15, 1974) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at the University of Washington from 1942 to 1947, compiling a record of 27–20–3. Welch led his 1943 Washington squad to the Rose Bowl, where they lost to USC, 29–0. He played college football at Purdue University as a halfback under head coach James Phelan, whom he followed to Washington as an assistant in 1930.
When Washington athletic director Ray Eckmann removed Phelan, he selected Welch to replace him. Welch became popular with the players and wielded a reputation as a great scout of talent. Eckmann retained Welch on a year-to-year basis with an initial $9,000 per season salary, matching Phelans final salary.
Head coaching record
|Washington Huskies (Pacific Coast Conference) (1942–1947)|
|#Rankings from final AP Poll.|
- "W. Ralph "Pest" Welch Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2007.
- David Eskenazi. "Wayback Machine: James Merlin Phelan | Sportspress Northwest". Sportspressnw.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016.
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