RALPH M. "PEST" WELCH (Deceased)
Inducted: August 1, 1975 in Bloomington, IN
Date of Birth: January 13, 1907 in Sherman, TX
High School Attended: Sherman Graduated: 1924
High School Honors: 3-year letterman in football, basketball, baseball, and track; "Pest" nickname earned in high school when called "Pest" by older boys on wrestling team of which he tried to become a member.
College Attended: Purdue University Graduated: 1930
College Honors: All-Conference and consensus All-American Halfback 1929; played on last unbeaten and untied team in Boilermaker history with an 8-0-0 record.
Coaching Experience: Assistant football coach at University of Washington 12 years under his former head coach at Purdue, Jim Phelan; then head coach at UW 1942-1947, with a record of 27-20-3.
Coaching Honors: 1943 team played Southern California in Rose Bowl, which was the first Rose Bowl radio broadcast abroad to American servicemen.
Special Recognition: After football career ended, he opened an insurance agency in Seattle, then retired to Texas.
Coach Welch passed away April 1, 1983.