Welch served as the Exporters' defensive coordinator the last six years and has also coached the track team for eight years.
Welch had actually served as the interim head coach since February when Brown announced his move to Kempner. The team finished 2-8 last year and was 0-10 the previous season under Garth Darby.
Still, Welch believes the pieces are in place to build a winning program, noting that he has a strong senior class in place and that the off-season has been promising. If anything, the 0-10 season provides strong motivation for the seniors who were sophomores on that team.
Elsewhere, Richardson Berkner assistant Steve Urban is trading in a position at a Class 5A school to handle the head coaching reins at Class A Marfa. Urban was named head football coach and athletic director for the Shorthorns. He had been an assistant at Berkner and Richardson Junior High since 1994.
As an assistant, Steve was part of an "Urban revival" as the Rams went from a 1-9 club to one with five consecutive winning seasons, four consecutive playoff appearances and a pair of visits to the regional quarterfinals.
Urban becomes the third head coach at Marfa in five years and replaces Tim Jetton.
Finally, San Antonio Jay head football coach John Campbell is moving east to take the same position at Katy Taylor. Campbell guided Jay to a 23-10 mark in his three years as head coach, including a district co-championship in 2005 and runner-up finish in 2006.
Campbell replaces Bill Lane, who was at Taylor for 12 years and announced his retirement to enter private business.