Welch to take over boys basketball


The boys basketball program is getting a change at the top next season, with former assistant coach Greg Welch stepping into the head coach position. 

Welch was the girls head coach for five years, going 68-40 with two league titles and four three sub-state finals appearances.The past two seasons, Welch has been head coach Josh Shirley’s top assistant. 

“I think it’ll be an easy transition going back to being the head coach of a basketball team,” Welch said. “It’ll be my fourteenth year coaching total, I’ve already spent nine years as a head coach and so it’s not going to be something I haven’t done in the past or something I don’t have experience with so I think it’ll be a smooth transition.”

With not many returning varsity starters, Welch has his work cut out for him this offseason. 

When asked what changes would be made for next year, Welch said the program still has some things to figure out.

“We have to go through summer camp and summer league and see what kind of kids we have and how they play together and how the pieces fit,” Welch said. “We don’t have a lot of returning varsity minutes, junior Kellan Simoneau is one of the main ones coming back. We had a lot of kids who had some success at the JV level, and I can kinda see all those pieces fit together.” 

Welch said he is excited to get to coach the returning and new players entering the program.

“I’m excited to have our returning players, like I said it’s a wonderful opportunity to be able to lead the program and I think we have the opportunity to have some success,” Welch said. “Like I said we were successful at the JV level, the varsity level and we want to mesh those two classes and groups together and we can find a few things that work for us to be successful.”