School board to consider resignation of longtime high school coach

Jack Welch. (Staff photo/file)
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COPPERAS COVE, Texas (KWTX) The Copperas Cove School Board meets Thursday to approve a resignation and retirement agreement with longtime high school head football coach and athletic director Jack Welch, whose office, according to several sources, has been cleared out for more than a week.

Welch has not responded to calls and texts from KWTX.

Welch’s office has been cleared out, three sources with knowledge of the situation said last week.

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 the last several days.

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.