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Former Atascadero football coach Larry Welsh inducted into CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame

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Former Atascadero football coaching legend, Larry Welsh was inducted into the 2017-18 CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame Wednesday. Welsh was introduced at the Distinguished Service Hall of Fame Awards Luncheon in Long Beach along with twelve other honorees. 

Welsh is the first Greyhounds coach to be inducted into the CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame. He coached at Atascadero for 18 years, earning the program seven CIF-SS titles, 14 league titles, and was named the CIF Southern Section Coach of the Year seven times.

Here is a time line of some of Larry Welsh's accomplishments as a head coach:

1971, 1972, 1973, 1975 Mission Trails Athletic League Coach of the Year
1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 Los Padres league Coach of the Year
1970 & 1982 California Medium Schools Coach of the Year
1982 Head Coach SLO County All-Star Game
1982, 1983, 1986, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996 CIF SS Coach of the Year
1992 Co-Head Coach South, California North-South Shrine game (South won 35-8)
1993 Atascadero Chamber of Commerce Professional Man of the Year
1995 Cal-Hi-Prep State Coach of the Year
2006 Gonzales High School Hall of Fame
2008 Atascadero High School Hall of Fame
2012 Honorary Head Coach SLO County All-Star Football Classic
2014 Salinas Valley Sports Hall of Fame
2017 CIF Southern Section Hall of Fame

Four consecutive CIF SS Championships from 1993-1996
Seven overall CIF SS Championships
.826 winning percentage, state record for coaches with +200 wins
.944 winning percentage between 1979-1983, best in the state of California 
California record of most wins in a decade with 111
Board member Southern California Football Coaches Association
CIF Football Advisory Committee Member, 1984-1985
Central Coast Board Member, California State Athletic Directors Association, 1975
Founded Salinas Valley Pop Warner League, 1968
Gonzales Recreation Commission Member, 1971-1975
Organized Atascadero High School Athletic Booster Club, 1979
Charter Director Atascadero High School Athletic Foundation, 1994

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