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Jim  Welch

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Associate Head Coach

Alma Mater:
Marquette '00

Assoc. Head Coach Jim Welch

A former all-region goalkeeper at nationally ranked Marquette University and member of Major League Soccer's Los Angeles Galaxy, Jim Welch joined the Ohio soccer coaching staff in 2003. He enters his seventh season on the `Cats' sidelines and his third as the associate head coach.

A key figure on the Ohio sidelines since arriving on campus, Welch fulfills a myriad of responsibilities for for the `Cats. Among his chief duties are to work with the goalkeepers, a task he has excelled at.

Welch worked wonders with a trio of freshman keepers in the 2006 season as he helped Ohio to a 9-9-1 overall record and a 7-3-1 record in MAC Play and the second-seed in the MAC Tournament. Under Welch's tutilege, freshman keeper Dominique Wright emerged as a force in goal for the Bobcats. Wright posted a 5-4-1 record in goal and recorded three shutouts with a 1.38 GAA. She finished the season with 53 saves and just 17 goals allowed in 1105:55 minutes between the pipes.

In 2007, Welch continued to prove his skill in molding collegiate keepers. After working with Wright in `06, Welch turned sophomore Jess MacLean into one of the top keepers in the MAC, allowing just more than one goal per game.

In 2004, he helped guide the Bobcats to a Mid-American Conference regular-season title, during which the team posted a conference-record nine straight shutouts. The nine straight shutouts stands as the 11th best in NCAA Division I history. Senior goalkeeper Michelle Meglaughlin excelled under Welch, earning all-region honors in 2004 after setting school single-season records for save percentage (.867) and goals-against average (0.75). Meglaughlin posted a streak of 832:35 scoreless minutes during the 2004 campaign, the eighth longest scoreless streak in NCAA Division I history.

Welch came to Ohio from his alma mater, where he had been the assistant coach for the men's program and also trained the women's goalkeepers for two years. In 2001, both Golden Eagle teams finished with goals-against averages below 1.0 for only the second time in school history. The Marquette men's team won the Conference USA title in 2002, the same year that Welch joined the Region II Olympic Development Program's (ODP) coaching staff.

As a four-year starter at goalkeeper, Welch is Marquette's all-time career record-holder for wins, saves and shutouts, and ranks third in NCAA Division I history in goalkeeper minutes played. He was a two-time first-team All-Conference USA and All-Midwest region selection and the Most Valuable Goalkeeper of the 1996 Conference USA Tournament.

Prior to his collegiate career, the Worthington native played for the U-17 Club Ohio/Dynamo that won the 1994 national championship, with Welch being named the tournament's Most Valuable Goalkeeper. In 1995, he was a Parade Magazine and Umbro/NSCAA All-American and was selected to the U-18 U.S. National Team Pool.

In addition to his coaching duties at Marquette and with the regional ODP team, Welch also has been head coach of the Sussex (Wis.) Select U-17 boy's soccer team, a coach for the Wisconsin state ODP team and an instructor for Steve Adlard's Premier Soccer Camps, First Touch Soccer Camp and numerous youth clinics throughout the Milwaukee area. He holds a USSF National "B" Coaching License, has earned NSCAA Goalkeeping Level I and Level II Certificates and is a member of the U.S. Soccer Coaches Organization.

Welch is married the former Elissa Gutt of Worthington, Ohio. They reside in Athens and welcomed their first child, Madelyn, in July of 2009.