After three seasons as Canal Winchester High School boys tennis coach and more than four decades of coaching, Doug Welsh announced his retirement this week.

Welsh’s wife, Jill, also retired as girls tennis coach after four seasons. She was assistant boys coach, a role Doug also filled with the girls team.

“It’s been just great,” said Doug Welsh, who made his decision during the spring but did not inform the team until after the season ended at the Division I sectional tournament May 9 at Pickerington Central. “We love Canal Winchester. It’s been great, but it’s time to do something else. We love the team and the community.”

The Welsh’s twin daughters, Elizabeth and Sara, played tennis for the Indians and graduated in 2018. They now attend Ashland and Muskingum, respectively, and Sara is on the Muskies’ women’s team.

Doug Welsh was Otterbein’s track and field coach from 1991-2009 and coached the same sport at Bexley in 2010 and 2011. His coaching career dates to the early 1970s, when he was an assistant football coach at Van Wert.

Canal Winchester went 6-8 overall and 2-3 in the OCC-Capital Division this spring. Much of the lineup is eligible to return, including singles players Jeremy Irby and Caden Sweeney and doubles players Drew Adams, Jake Chapman and Jake Diehl.

The team loses just two seniors in four-year first-singles player Connor Clark and doubles player Corey Berner.

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