Pat Welsh is in his second season as a graduate assistant at Notre Dame and works with the offensive line coach/running game coordinator Harry Hiestand and the Irish offensive line. Welsh arrived at Notre Dame after working at Wittenberg (Ohio) College in 2011 and with Grand Valley State's football program from 2008-10.
In 2011, Welsh served as quarterbacks coach at Wittenberg. With the Tigers, Welsh helped Ben Zoeller earn North Coast Athletic Conference offensive player of the year honors after Zoeller led the NCAC with 2,651 passing yards and 265.1 passing yards per game. Wittenberg was 8-2 in 2011 and finished second in the NCAC with a 5-1 record.
Welsh served as a defensive assistant for the Lakers in 2010 and helped Grand Valley State's defense hold opponents to 19.2 points per game. The Lakers were 11-2 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II Playoffs. Welsh assisted with coaching the Grand Valley State defensive backs and also doubled as the Lakers video coordinator.
A 2010 graduate of Grand Valley State with a degree in physical education and an emphasis in sports leadership, Welsh worked as a student assistant with the football team in 2008 and 2009. Current Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin served as Grand Valley State's head coach in 2008 and 2009. Welsh worked on film breakdowns, compiled scouting reports and managed projects assigned by Martin.
Prior to enrolling at Grand Valley State in 2007, Welsh served as a coach at Whitehall High School, in Whitehall, Mich, from 2005-07. He served as the quarterbacks coach for the varsity football team and offensive coordinator for the junior varsity team, in addition to working with the boys basketball and baseball programs.
Born in Grand Rapids, Mich., Welsh is a native of Whitehall, Mich. He and his wife Jacqueline were married in May 2012 and reside in South Bend.