COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) Jack Welch, who led the Copperas Cove High School team to two state championship games and compiled a 193-84-1 record over the course of more than two decades, receives an $80,000 check Tuesday under the terms of a resignation and retirement agreement with the longtime high school head football coach and athletic director reached early last Thursday afternoon following a closed-door school board meeting.
Under the agreement Welch and the district agreed to discharge all civil and administrative claims and Welch agreed not to file for unemployment or workers’ compensation benefits.
Welch also agreed to grant the district a license to use the Bulldawg logo, which he personally registered as a trademark in December 2002, for a period of 10 years and to provide the district “with a full accounting of all contracts, agreements or arrangements which are currently in force” into Welch entered on behalf of the district or “in regard to the district athletic program, district advertising or creation or sale of district merchandising.”
Federal trademark registration remains valid for 10 years after filing and may be renewed every 10 years.
The owner must file a Declaration of Use between the fifth and sixth year following the initial registration for the trademark to remain active.
The district also agreed that the superintendent would provide “a mutually agreeable, positive letter or recommendation…and to “provide to any inquiring potential employer a positive reference.”
The district had remained mum about Welch’s status and school board members declined to comment after the meeting last Thursday, but released a statement in which they said the district "will immediately begin the process of hiring a new athletic director."
The board also released a letter Welch wrote to the “Bulldawg Nation” in which he said he reached the decision to retire “after much prayer and reflection.”
“It is extremely rare for a coach to stay in one-place for twenty-four years. I am deeply grateful to the community for the outstanding support, our coaches for their dedication and friendship and all of the student-athletes from the past to the present for making this job my Mayberry,” Welch wrote, making a reference to the popular “Andy Griffith Show.”
“’Mayberry’ was a great television show and had a remarkable run, but it came to an end,” he wrote.
“Now, we can all enjoy the re-runs,” he said.
Spring football practice was canceled earlier in the year after the departure of several assistant coaches, but the sources say Welch hasn’t been at work for nearly two weeks.
Since 1994, Welch compiled a 193-84-1 record at Copperas Cove that included 12 playoff appearances and two Texas Class 4A State championship appearances.
Cove lost to Lamar Consolidated 20-14 in the championship game in 2007 and lost to San Antonio Alamo Heights 40-28 in the 2006 4A Division 1 final.
He’s coached such players as Baylor University’s first Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and former NFL star Charles “Peanut” Tillman.
Welch coached from 1985 to 1986 at Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina, Kan., and his career also included stings at West Texas State University, Fort Scott Community College and Louisiana Tech University.