Jerry Welsh

Jerry Welsh

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Teaching Areas:

PHYSEDU 122  Basketball
PHYSEDU 240  Theory and Practice of Coaching

While currently serving as an Adjunct Professor for Duke Recreation & Physical Education, teaching both Basketball & Theory and Practice of Coaching, Welsh brings a plethora of coaching knowledge, accolades and excellence to his students.

During his 22 years as head men’s basketball coach SUNY Potsdam, Jerry Welsh became a living legend at where he tallied 494 wins and 141 losses. Welsh’s overall combined coaching record of 682 wins and 228 loses from Massena High School, SUNY Potsdam and Iona College makes him one of America’s most successful basketball coaches.

During his tenure at Potsdam, Welsh guided the Bears to two NCAA championships, the first in 1981 and the second in 1986. Welsh’s teams also earned three national runners-up and nine East Regional titles. During each of his final 15 years at Potsdam, his teams either owned outright or shared the State University of New York Athletic Conference (SUNYAC) regular season title.

Following the 1985-86 national championship, the Bears became the first college team to have a perfect season since 1976. They continued winning well into the 1986-87 season, reaching a total of 60 consecutive wins, the second-longest winning streak in college basketball history.

Of all Welsh’s accomplishments, perhaps his Maxcy Hall record is the most impressive. Coach Welsh won 254 of the 267 games he coached here. After a dominant career on the Bears’ home floor, the basketball arena was named Jerry Welsh Gymnasium in 2001.