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College football coaching greats George Welsh and Dick Sheridan, who together took their respective teams to 19 bowls and earned national coach of the year honors, will serve as advisors for Old Dominion University in its development of a football program, which will kickoff in 2009.

Welsh and Sheridan will be introduced at a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12 in the Big Blue Room at the Ted Constant Constant Convocation Center.

Former University of Virginia and Navy coach George Welsh was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004. Welsh was responsible for returning Navy and Virginia to national prominence during his 28 years as a head coach.

While at Navy from 1973-81, the Midshipmen compiled a 55-46-1 record and three bowl appearances before leaving as the school's all-time winningest coach (a distinction he still holds).

Prior to his arrival at Virginia, the Cavaliers had managed just two winning seasons in 29 years. His Virginia teams posted a 134-86-3 record (.608) in 19 seasons and his 85 ACC wins and 36 conference road victories were also league records at the time of his retirement. Welsh completed his career 24th in Division I-A history in wins with 189-131-4. In addition he earned National Coach of the Year recognition in 1989 by the Washington Touchdown Club, in 1991 by College and Pro Football Newsweekly, Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year and in 1998 by the Pigskin Club of Washington DC., and was named the Joseph Sheehan Division I-A Coach of the Year by the Metropolitan New York Football Writers Association. Welsh was named ACC Coach of the Year five times and he was the first coach in ACC history to win 100 games. His 1998 team was ranked in the AP top 25 for 17 consecutive weeks.

Welsh took Virginia to ten bowl appearances and ACC Championships in 1989 and 1995. A native of Coaldale, PA, Welsh graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1956 and finished third in the 1955 Heisman Trophy balloting after leading the nation in passing and total offense as a senior.

Dick Sheridan led the North Carolina State football team to national prominence as he compiled a 52-29-3 record in Raleigh which included six bowl appearances in seven seasons. Prior to coming to NC State in 1986, Sheridan compiled a 69-33-2 mark in eight seasons at Furman University. Furman won six Southern Conference championships and played for the 1985 NCAA Division I-AA championship. He was named National Coach of The Year in 1985 by the American Football Coaches Association.

In his first year at NC State, the Wolfpack went 8-2-1 and he was named Bobby Dodd National Coach of The Year, also earning National Coach of the Year awards from CBS television, Pro Football Weekly and Athlon Publications. His 1988 team wend 8-3-1, defeating Iowa in the Peach Bowl. Overall, his teams were 25-16 in games decided by 10 points or less. Sheridan was inducted into the South Carolina Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, Sheridan began his head coaching career in 1969 at Orangeburg High School and later Orangeburg-Wilkinson High and compiled a 28-6-1 record over three years. His 1971 team went 13-0 and captured the school's lone Class 4-A football championship.

Sheridan served in a similar consultant capacity for Coastal Carolina University when they began their 1-AA football program four years ago. He also has a successful real-estate business in South Carolina.

"We are excited about having the combined football expertise that Dick Sheridan and George Welsh provide," said athletic director Jim Jarrett." We look forward to their assistance as we move forward with our football program."

This article was posted on: September 11, 2006

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