Even though Luther Welsh is officially retired as head football coach and athletic director at Thomson High School, the honors keep coming his way.
The latest recognition to be bestowed to the 78-year-old coach of 46 years comes from WJBF-TV (Channel 6) in Augusta.
Coach Welsh was honored as the 2010 Coach of The Year during the Friday Night/ESPN Rise Awards Show held Dec. 15 in Augusta.
Coach Welsh said he was honored to have received such recognition.
Coach Welsh, who helped guide the Bulldogs to the second round of the Class AAA state playoffs last season, received a football trophy.
He was bestowed the honor by WJBF-TV Sports Director Chris Kane.
Danny Kanell, who works as an analyst with ESPN, was the special guest for the ceremony.
Kanell is a former NFL quarterback with the New York Giants, Atlanta Falcons and Denver Broncos. He played college football at Florida State University.
"This means a lot to me; it really does," coach Welsh said.
One of coach Welsh's players, senior Anthony "Scooter" Moss, also was honored at the ceremony. He was named outstanding linebacker.
Coach Welsh served as head football coach and athletic director for a total of 19 years during two stints at the school. During that time, the Bulldogs captured three state championships in two classifications. Thomson won the Class AAA title in 1984 and '85 and won the Class AAAA state championship in 2002.
Last season, coach Welsh helped lead the Bulldogs to a second-place finish in the region behind the Burke County Bears.