Sept. 12, 2012
ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- The University of Michigan baseball program and head coach Erik Bakich announced today (Wednesday, Sept. 12) that Wayne Welton has been named as a special assistant for the Wolverines.
"It was extremely important for us to bring Wayne back on from last year," Bakich said. "He's passionate about Michigan and Michigan baseball. His experience in the state for 36 years as a high school coach and athletic director will be invaluable in this role in accelerating our program back to the championship level."
Welton was the volunteer assistant coach in 2012, working with the Wolverine outfielders as well as helping out in the day-to-day activities of Michigan baseball.
Welton was the head baseball coach at Chelsea High School in Chelsea, Mich., for 32 years. He had a record of 767-357-11 and guided the Bulldogs to a 1991 Class B state title and 13 Southeastern Conference championships. Welton was named the 1991 MHSBCA Coach of the Year and is an eight-time Regional Coach of the Year. He was elected to the MHSBCA Hall of Fame in 2003 and reached the 700-win plateau in 2007.
Welton also was the athletic director at Chelsea for 22 years, guiding 24 varsity programs with 90-plus coaches. He was named the Regional Athletic Director of the Year by the MIAAA in 2010 and earned the Bush Service Award by the Michigan High School Athletic Association in 2006. Welton coached with USA Baseball as part of the Junior Olympics Task Force in 1995 in Colorado Springs, Colo. He also has worked the Michigan baseball camps since 2002.
Welton earned his Bachelor of Science degree in health and physical education from Central Michigan University in 1977 and has his Master of Physical Education degree from Eastern Michigan University, earning that in 1984.
The Michigan baseball program has now finalized its coaching and support staff, featuring assistant coaches Sean Kenny and Nick Schnabel, volunteer assistant coach Aaron Etchison and director of baseball operations Derrick Ross.
"We have a coaching and support staff that is on par with any program in the nation," Bakich said.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423