Gerald Welch spent last season as an assistant coach to Vavae Tata for the state champion Kahuku football team.
This season, he will be back home, so to speak. Welch, one of the top receivers in Hawaii high school football history, is a wide receivers coach under his former head coach Cal Lee at Saint Louis.
Not bad. If you are going to take a step down from the state champions, you might as well latch on to the state runners-up. The Crusaders lost 39-14 in the state Division I title game.
Welch played in 37 games for the Crusaders in from 1997 through ’99 and caught 190 passes for 3,490 yards and 46 touchdowns. That 3,490 yards total was a state record until 2014, when Punahou’s Kanawai Noa (3,510) passed the mark.
Welch went on to a productive career as a receiver at the University of Hawaii under June Jones.