ITHACA, N.Y. - The Ithaca College football program will be without longtime head coach Mike Welch for the time being as he is taking an indefinite medical leave to have heart bypass surgery.
Here is the full press release from the college:
Ithaca College football head coach Mike Welch will be taking an indefinite leave of absence from his coaching duties while he undergoes and recovers from heart bypass surgery. The procedure will take place Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Rochester General Hospital. Assistant coach and defensive coordinator Mark McDonough will assume head coaching duties in Welch’s absence.
Welch met with his staff and players Sunday to inform them about his upcoming surgery.
Ithaca College Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports Ken Kutler said, “I know that our players, coaches, staff and other members of the IC family and Ithaca community wish Coach Welch the best. We all look forward to his full recovery and return to Bomber football.…#157;
Welch is in his 19th season as head coach of the Ithaca Bombers. Saturday’s game against Buffalo State was his 200th game as head coach at Ithaca and his career record is 142-58, a .710 winning percentage. He ranks in the top-20 all-time in NCAA Division III football in wins and winning percentage.