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.