first_imgGeneric photo of footballs in an end zone.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)A Hall of Fame college football coach has passed away. George Welsh, longtime Navy and Virginia head coach, passed away on Wednesday, according to a release from the University of Virginia.He was 85. Welsh was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004 after leading Navy back to prominence and bringing Virginia into the conversation.Virginia announced the news here.College Football Hall of Fame Coach George Welsh passes away.He led UVA to a 134-86-3 record from 1982 to 2000.Details: https://t.co/ZVopNxXBF1#RIPCoachWelsh pic.twitter.com/EBH5vilGVp— Virginia Football (@UVAFootball) January 4, 2019Welsh compiled a 182-132-4 overall record as a head coach. He was awarded the Bobby Dodd Award as the national coach of the year in 1991 and was named the ACC Coach of the Year four times – 1983, 1984, 1991 and 1995.He also starred as a quarterback for the Midshipmen during his collegiate football career. Welsh was a first-team All-American in 1955 and finished third in the Heisman voting behind Howard Cassady of Ohio State and Jim Swink of Texas Christian.Welsh went on to work as an assistant under Rip Engle and Joe Paterno at Penn State after his playing career.last_img

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