Jerry Welsh was a leader for the Ohio State men’s hockey team both as a player and as a coach. Voted the team’s Most Valuable Player each of his last three years, he skated for the Buckeyes from 1970-73 and posted 143 points, with 81 goals and 62 assists, in 100 games. He was deemed the squad’s 1970 Rookie of the Year. Welsh ranks seventh (tied) in program history in career goals and is currently 21st in career points.
Welsh was part of the Buckeyes’ run to Central Collegiate Hockey Association regular season and tournament titles in 1972 and earned a spot on the CCHA All-Tournament Team that year. Welsh, who led the 1972 team with 28 goals, served as the squad’s captain in 1973.
Following graduation, Welsh played two years professionally before returning to his alma mater as the program’s head coach when he was just 25. He coached the Buckeyes from 1976-95 and notched a program-record 328 wins. He led the Buckeyes to the first No. 1 ranking in program history in 1983-84, with a squad that was 30-10-1 overall (setting the program record for single-season wins) and tied for second in the CCHA. In 1983 Welsh was tabbed CCHA Coach of the Year and was runner-up for national coach of the year after the Buckeyes notched a 26-9-5 ledger. A native of Oshawa, Ontario, Welsh was inducted into his hometown Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.