Academy Alumnus Promoted at Appalachian State

United States Sports Academy alumnus Mr. John Welch recently was promoted to Assistant Athletics Director for Internal Operations and Event Management at Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. Already a fixture at the university and in the community, Welch was a natural fit.

He began working at App State immediately after graduating from Wingate (N.C.) University with a bachelor’s degree in sports management in 2001, serving as equipment manager through the Mountaineers’ Football Championship Subdivision national championship three-peat and Michigan win. He also has served as an elected official for Watauga County (N.C.) since 2010, first as a member of its school board and now as its commissioner.

Welch graduated from the Academy in 2011 with a master’s degree in sports management, earning honors in the process. He also has a doctorate from Appalachian State in higher education leadership.