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Best Coach Orange County 2009 - Harry Welch

Readers' Choice: Mike Scioscia
Don't listen to the naysayers who say the Tartans' 43-game winning streak—longest in OC prep football history—is a result of the tiny St. Margaret's Episcopal High School beating up on inferior competition. It takes a great coach to continue the San Juan Capistrano school's legacy of success, and that's what Harry Welch did in 2007, coming down from Canyon Country Canyon after beating mighty Concord De La Salle for the first CIF Division I championship and inheriting a program that, while strong, wasn't mentioned in the same breath as perennial powerhouses such as Los Alamitos and Mater Dei. That's now changing, especially since Welch is a strong advocate for small schools who rails against the big boys and their wink-wink approach to getting the best and most far-flung recruits. Best of all, he makes sure his Tartans are known as class acts on and off the field.
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Gina Valdez
Gina Valdez

Coach Harry Welch is an awesome coach and teacher that I had the pleasure of being a student of his and having him coach my two sons at Canyon High for the championship games. I just wished he was able to coach my third son at Canyon. Congratulations Coach Welch!!!

cameron
cameron

The reason they arent mentioned with the big schools is because they are so overrated and just a mediocre team. Yea they are good for beating up on some terrible small schools but they cant even beat francis parker. The overhype of this football program is sickening. Focus on the "great" academics at the school

Barbara Johnson
Barbara Johnson

He is beyond a class act. It was a blessing and an honor for our son to have played under Harry Welch. He is a man of character and integrity through and through. We will always be indebted to The Coach for taking in boys and returning men.

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