Cove school board to consider hiring new AD/head football coach

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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) The Copperas Cove School Board meets Friday to consider a replacement for 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.

The board approved a resignation and retirement agreement with the longtime high school head football coach and athletic director on May 1 following a closed-door meeting.

School board members declined to comment after the meeting, but released a statement in which they said the district "will immediately begin the process of hiring a new athletic director."

The agenda for the meeting Friday says the board is scheduled to “Consider and take action to approve the employment of an athletic director/head football coach.”

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.