May 2, 2007-San Juan Capistrano- Headmaster Marcus D. Hurlbut announced Wednesday that Harry Welch will join the St. Margaret's Episcopal School faculty as an English teacher and Head Varsity Football coach for the 2007-2008 school year. Welch, who last week resigned as the football coach at Canyon High School in Santa Clarita, will join the faculty on July 1, 2007. He has been a coach for 33 years, including the past 18 at Canyon High School. In those 18 years, Welch amassed a record of 179-46-2 including a 46-game winning streak, five CIF titles, and the Division I CIF State Football Championship in 2006. Last month, Welch was named Coach of the Year by the California Coaches Association (CCA), comprising high school, college, and NFL coaches. Welch will receive the award at the California Coaches Association ceremony on June 16 at the Irvine Hilton.
"St. Margaret's is extremely proud to welcome an educator and a football coach of Harry Welch's reputation and caliber," said St. Margaret's Headmaster Marcus Hurlbut. "He is one of the best high school coaches in the nation and an outstanding English teacher, and we look forward to welcoming Harry and his wife Cindee to our school community." Cindee Welch, an experienced educator, will also be joining the St. Margaret's faculty as a counselor and teacher in the fall of 2007.
"My wife, Cindee, and I feel so honored and privileged to be joining the St. Margaret's community," said Welch who plans to relocate to the south Orange County area this summer. "During our recent visits to the campus, we fell in love with the St. Margaret's students, faculty and staff. We are also thrilled with the school's proximity to our two daughters and five grandchildren who live in Mission Viejo and San Diego."
St. Margaret's high school athletic program includes 22 interscholastic sports and has attained 126 Academy League championships since 1982. The emphasis at St. Margaret's is on participation with more than 80 percent of the high school students involved in CIF athletics.
St. Margaret's football is in the CIF Southern Section Division XIII. The school's 44-member varsity football team won the CIF championship in 2006 becoming the only high school football team in Orange County to post an undefeated, 14-0 season. The Tartan football program has won 11 league championships in the past 20 years.
"We are very pleased to have an outstanding teacher and coach with a wealth of experience and success join our coaching staff," said St. Margaret's Athletic Director Susie Maga, a 13-year member of the school's faculty and coaching staff. "Coach Welch will surely continue the strong Tartan football tradition that has been established here at St. Margaret's."
St. Margaret's Episcopal School is an independent, coeducational day school serving students in preschool through grade twelve. Founded in 1979, St. Margaret's now enrolls 1,200 students with 400 students in the upper school. The student/faculty ratio in the high school is 14:1, and 72 percent of the high school faculty hold advanced degrees. The 22-acre campus is located in south Orange County at 31641 La Novia in San Juan Capistrano. The mission of the school is to educate the hearts and minds of young people for lives of learning, leadership and service.
A press conference will be held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, 2007 at the Tartan Center located on the first floor of the DeYoung Family Math and Science Center next to the Pasternack Field House at St. Margaret's Episcopal School.