Brian Welch

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Brian Welch is entering his first season as head coach of the Concordia-Chicago Men’s Lacrosse program after being hired in June of 2017.

“I am super excited about this opportunity and being part of a program that’s still fairly new” said Welch. I look forward to building a program that will be very competitive right away, and I feel we will bring a lot of excitement to campus.

In 2013, while serving as a volunteer assistant coach for football at his alma mater, Marian High School in Mishawaka, IN, he was informed of the school’s interest in starting a boys lacrosse program. Given the green light by his athletic director, Welch jumped head-first into building the program from the ground up. In the programs first three seasons, the Knights achieved a record of 31-15 and developed several players that went on to successful college careers. Welch coached two Indiana All-State players, two Academic All-State players, four honorable mention All-State players and, in John Jessup, the national winner of the 2013 Bob Scott Award, an honor given to a player who shows top leadership skills on and off the field.

With the success of the Marian program, Welch was asked in 2015 to start up another men’s lacrosse program at Ancilla College, a junior college in Donaldson, IN.  The Chargers went 6-4 in their inaugural season behind a roster of 20 players whom Welch recruited. He coached and developed two players into receiving NCAA Division II Full Athletic scholarships and one NCAA Division III Academic Scholarship for 2017-18.

Welch comes to Concordia-Chicago, looking to further develop a program that has just completed its second season of intercollegiate play. “I want to help the Cougars program to compete regularly for conference titles and help them to be recognized at the national level as well. I think the Midwest Lacrosse Conference is one of the better up-and-coming conferences, and being able to compete at a high level in that conference is a challenge that I embrace fully” says Welch, who describes himself as “energetic, a great teacher and motivator who relates very well to 18 to 22-year-olds.”

Coach Welch has extensive experience working at the University of Notre Dame summer lacrosse camps, where he has instructed attack and midfield techniques. He also coached the squad that won the 2014 Notre Dame Summer Camp championship.

Welch is a 1997 graduate of the University of Notre Dame, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications. He earned a Masters of Education in Higher Education Administration from Ohio University in 2004.  Upon graduation, he worked a series of jobs in the educational field, focusing on the areas of enrollment management and student success.

He and his wife, Dr. Andrea Welch, the Executive Director of Student Success and Retention at Valparaiso University currently reside in South Bend, Indiana.