Hall-of-Fame former UVA coach George Welsh dead at 85

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WCAV) — Hall-of-Fame former University of Virginia football coach George Welsh has passed away, the school revealed Friday morning.

Welsh died peacefully in Charlottesville in the presence of his family, according to UVA's release. Welsh was 85.

Welsh went 134-86-3 in his 19 seasons as head coach of the Cavaliers before retiring in 2000. He was named ACC coach of the year four times — in 1983, 1984, 1991 and 1995 — and earned the Bobby Dodd Award as national coach of the year in 1991.

In both 1989 and 1995, Welsh-coached UVA teams won a share of the ACC title. That 1989 team finished with a school-record 10 wins, while the 1995 team was the first ACC opponent to beat Florida State since the Seminoles joined the league in 1992. Welsh's 1990 team spent two weeks in October ranked No. 1 in the country in both national polls.

At the time of his retirement, Welsh was the winningest coach in ACC history. Including his nine seasons at Navy, Welsh finished his coaching career with a 189-132-4 record, with 15 bowl appearances. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004, and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.