Longtime football coach Mike Welch ’73 carries on a proud tradition of IC coaching. by Michael Warwick with Mbeti Hyess
“Ithaca College [athletics] is a family; once you are in it, you are in it forever,” says Mike Welch ’73, who joined the Bombers family in 1969 as a freshman football and lacrosse player. “There’s a unique bond that...
As an Ithaca High School lineman he tackled running back Ernie Davis (who went on to become a Syracuse all-American and the first African American to win the Heisman trophy). At IC, where he majored in physical education, he was on not only the football team but the wrestling team as well. All along he had one career goal in mind: to be a coach.