There’s a lot of pretty good girls high school basketball in our area.
Coach Stuart Welch grew up playing basketball in Upstate New York and it was that passion that led him to participate and coach basketball for the past twenty-three years. After graduating college with an AAS degree and relocating to Oakland California, Coach Welch played one season at Cal State Hayward before joining the Alameda Pro-Am Basketball Tour. While playing on the Pro-Am Tour, Coach Welch had two unsuccessful attempts in trying out for the Golden State Warriors basketball team. After those two attempts, his playing days concluded and he was hired by the Alameda County Sheriff’s Department as a Deputy Sheriff. While working at the Sheriff’s Department, Coach Welch became the Assistant Coach for the Head Royce Boys Basketball Team for two seasons. After transferring to the Pittsburg Police Department as a Police Officer, Coach Welch continued to coach with the Los Medanos College Men’s Basketball Team.
In 2001, Coach Welch was hired as the Boys Basketball Head Coach at North Hills Christian School, were he remained until relocating to Elk Grove, CA in 2012. In his 11 year tenure at NHCS, he failed to make the play-offs only once and received 2 CIF Coach of the Year awards and 3 NHCS High School Coach of the Year awards. After spending 1 year at Natomas High and taking them to the play-offs after a six year absence, Coach Welch was hired at Rosemont High School as the Girls Basketball Head Coach. Coach Welch led the Wolverines to 3 consecutive play-off trips and won the first League Championship for basketball at RHS. Coach Welch was named the CIF Sierra Valley Conference Coach of the Year following the 2015/2016 season, after compiling 22 wins – still the most wins in the program. Coach Welch is also the Lead Coach for Girls Got Game, his skills development agency for girls basketball.
Coach Welch is married, has five children in a blended family and resides in Elk Grove, CA. Coach Welch holds an AS degree, a Bachelor’s degree as well as a Master’s degree and will be pursing another Master’s degree in Coaching Philosophy and Psychology of Athletes. Favorite saying, “There is no off-season!”