Pete Welch

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Like many other wrestling coaches, Welch has wrestling in his blood. He grew up in a wrestling family where his father was a 20 year National Wrestling Hall of Fame coach and his older brother was a two-time NJ state champion and ACC champion for UNC as well. Welch’s father coached both of his sons at the high school level. Welch has been recognized by the Maryland Wrestling Officials Association for service and contribution to the sport. He was twice awarded All-Metro Coach of the Year by the Baltimore Sun newspaper. In 2014 Welch was named National Prep and Varsity Sports Network Coach of the Year.

Professional Overview:

With 21 years of high school coaching experience, Pete has led teams to 9 MIAA league championships and 5 Maryland Independent School State Titles. Individually, Welch has coached 53 Maryland State Champions and 12 National Prep Champions. In the off season, he runs the McDonogh Wrestling Club which competes locally and nationally in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman competitions. Welch is also the director of the McDonogh Jr. Wrestling program for boys in grades K-8. For the past 21 summers Pete Welch has served as a volunteer coach for the Maryland Cadet and Jr. National Wrestling Team, as well as being the founder and director of the Annual Maryland Future Champions Wrestling Clinic. On top of this, Pete Welch continues to host multiple competitions and free clinics for the public throughout the year at McDonogh School.

Educational and Professional Development:

As a competitor, Pete was a New Jersey High School State Champion and Freestyle and Greco-Roman All-American. He went on to wrestle at the University of North Carolina where he earned both ACC Championship and All-America honors. He continued his education to receive a Masters Degree in Exercise Science and Kinesiology with an emphasis in Athletic Administration.

Pete and The Go Site:

Pete is excited to be a part of TGS because he sees this as an opportunity to inform the general public, as well as the wrestling community, about opportunities to train, find practice partners, clubs, camps and competitions. This information will aid young wrestlers in improving their skills, as well as become a tool to help parents support their motivated wrestlers. Ultimately, Welch sees this as a means to help this great sport continue to grow.