Ralph Welch

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Ralph Welch
Ralph Welch (American football).jpg
Welch from 1947 Tyee yearbook
Sport(s) Football
Biographical details
Born (1907-01-13)January 13, 1907
Sherman, Texas
Died September 15, 1974(1974-09-15) (aged 67)
Playing career
1927–1929 Purdue
Position(s) Halfback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1930–1937 Washington (assistant)
1939–1941 Washington (assistant)
1942–1947 Washington
Head coaching record
Overall 27–20–3
Bowls 0–1

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.[1] 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 Phelan’s final salary.[2]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs AP#
Washington Huskies (Pacific Coast Conference) (1942–1947)
1942 Washington 4–3–3 3–3–2 6th
1943 Washington 4–1 0–1 3rd L Rose 12
1944 Washington 5–3 1–1 2nd
1945 Washington 6–3 6–3 3rd
1946 Washington 5–4 5–3 4th
1947 Washington 3–6 2–5 T–7th
Washington: 27–20–3 17–16–2
Total: 27–20–3
#Rankings from final AP Poll.


  1. ^ "W. Ralph "Pest" Welch Records by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved December 1, 2007. 
  2. ^ David Eskenazi. "Wayback Machine: James Merlin Phelan | Sportspress Northwest". Sportspressnw.com. Retrieved November 2, 2016. 

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