That takes me back...just how bad was he? Was he really as bad as people say?
I remember in 2008ish? Foothill high school a public school beat Santa Margarita by 5 points and everybody in the stadium was shocked. I did not think much of SM after that loss to Foothill. I remember SM always had 2-8 record. But when Harry Welch took over his first season at SM he went 9-3 or something crazy. Then the next year he went 13-2 and won state.
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How was he regarded in things like being a role model and in the mentoring and development of young men?
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Crespi grad ('63 - I think the first graduating class).
Pretty sure he was the defensive coordinator for the '73 team at Crespi that went undefeated in their first year in 4A, then the top division, until losing the championship to Los Altos. Student body about 600. Better times.
Mixed reviews on Welch, he was either loved or hated. My best friend at Crespi loved the guy. Smart; educated (GREAT English teacher).
He constantly beat teams with much more talent. There's a line in Remember the Titans "there's a fine line between tough and crazy" or something like that. Fans think Harry is tough, detractors think he's abusive (crazy).
Think he sorta wished he got the Crespi job before going to Canyon. Could be wrong; publics then offered much more financial security. If he'd stayed at Crespi when Butler left in '74....wow.
I think Servite's Thomas is in the Welch mode.
Rick Curtis took over after. Anyone got thoughts on Curtis? Lol
When he took over Santa Margarita, Harry Welch left behind and gifted him 3 incredibly talented classes. During his span at Santa Margarita he had 5 NFL players (Jeremy McNichols, Kyle Sweet, KJ Costello, Kekoa Crawford, Grant Calcaterra) and 30+ Division 1 football players. He went 11-11 with that talent. I remember Northwood usually had the stronger and faster kids compared to the rest of the Irvine schools. But when it was game time his teams ALWAYS underperformed
Was Welch really that bad? I remember The SM faithful just abandoned him like a hot potato because he was too hard on his players, had an allegation of assault (as did Rollinson before), and his coaches grew pot.
SM has no one to blame but themselves after what they did to Welch. I'm not saying the guy was perfect but with the whole MD Scandal going on, they seem to have just ridden the storm just fine. They're the consensus number 1 team in almost every poll I've seen and ESPN is covering their game. Also, I heard MD has an insane group of freshman coming in.
Still a vivid memory today. The organization, tempo, discipline, detail… the megaphone. Very much like what I witnessed at a De La Salle practice some years later, minus the megaphone.
It was in that instance I knew why CC was so perpetually successful.
I can’t speak to his relationship to his players or what kind of role model he was (hard to imagine a disciplined family man as being a poor role model) but he was without a doubt “old school”. No different from Mr. Saban in Tuscaloosa. And after witnessing both in a practice environment, Welch was Saban with a megaphone.
Harry also smart enough to hire another old school coach, Marty Spaulding. The best HS OL coach in OC HS football history. In my humble opinion.
Sadly, in this age of the transient athlete and pussification of our youth, I imagine it would be hard for Harry, or someone similar, to hold onto kids/parents.
Would love to hear the opinions of guys like Johnny Stanton who played for him on the team that kicked our (Edison) arse in the playoffs that year.
If Johnny Stanton didn't go down and Harry Welch had the full support of the admin in 2012 I still think they could have won a National championshipSunsetFan wrote: ↑Sun May 22, 2022 5:52 pm Harry had and most likely still has the inability to sleep and at best just nap (more like rest with eyes closed). I enjoy watching the best Southern California Teams win against other great programs. Santa Margarita football program was a group of players that was amazing to follow.