A 2015 athletic “Hall of Fame” inductee to his alma mater (Taylor University), Dr. Jack Welch is in his 22nd season as the Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach for CCISD. He is the longest tenured coach at one school in the central Texas region. Having one of most respected football programs in the state, Welch credits the success to the assistant coaches and players. “Our coaches and players work extremely hard and are very dedicated. Our success over the years can be directly attributed to both groups.” The Dawgs have won 180 games while losing 65 and tied 1 over the Welch era.
“I am fortunate to work with an excellent group of coaches. CCISD is fortunate to have excellent administrators led by Superintendent Dr. Joe Burns and possesses a very supportive Board of Education. It is fun to come to work every day and work with such an excellent group of people,” said Coach Welch. In my opinion, “Copperas Cove is like a “Mayberry” and is very supportive of our students.” The “True Blue” fans consistently have “standing room only” crowds in the home bleacher section.
Copperas Cove is known throughout the nation in the football world. Cove players consistently receive college offers at a staggering number and several have become NFL and CFL players. Currently there are three active players; “NFL Man of the Year” Charles Tillman (Carolina Panthers), former Heisman trophy winner Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins) and wide receiver Josh Boyce (New England Patriots). Former pro players include; Charles Cantrell, Tommy Ingram, James Richey, William Fields, Howard Hodges, Vontez Duff, TJ Hollowell, Tim Atchison, Logan Brock and Brelan Chancelor. Many others have participated in the Arena League.
Jack had a successful career as a high school and collegiate athlete. His junior season at Osawatomie High School in Kansas, the Trojans won the Class 3A State championship. His senior year in Bridgeport, Texas he received All-State in baseball and was the runner-up light heavy-weight champion in the Texas Golden Gloves. Welch earned the opportunity to attend training camp of the Texas Rangers but chose to accept a football-baseball scholarship and attend college. In college, he participated in football, baseball and track (javelin). His senior season at Taylor University, Jack led the football team in rushing and total offense, receiving Honorable Mention All-Hoosier Buckeye Conference honors. He was offered a free agency contract from the Cincinnati Bengals of the NFL.
Coach Welch has served as an NCAA Division 1 coach (Louisiana Tech University and West Texas State University), NAIA head coach (Kansas Wesleyan University) and as an athletic director and head coach at the Junior College (Ft. Scott Community College) levels. He is credited with being the youngest head coach in Texas at age 23 (Santo) and the youngest (27) head four-year college coach in the nation at KWU.
Jack holds a Doctorate Degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Masters Degree from West Texas State University and Bachelor’s Degree from Taylor University. He is married to the beautiful Carol Shoemaker of Paola, Kansas and has two sons, Josh (29) and Steven (25), both former standout ‘Dawg players. Carol retired from CCISD after 20 years of service to the district.
Vance McNally has served as Bowl Director since the bowl inception in 2001. McNally begins his 22nd season as a football coach and 23rd as a teacher in Copperas Cove. McNally coaches the left side of offensive line and serves as Head Coach of the JV Gold team for the Bulldawgs. He also coaches girls’ varsity track and teaches Government at CCHS.
McNally and his wife, Amy have two children, Caden who is a sophomore at CCHS and Gage who is a fourth grader at Clements-Parsons Elementary. His wife is an instructor in Office Technology at Central Texas College.
McNally is a native of Hamilton, Texas. He graduated from the University of North Texas in 1992 with a Bachelor of Sciences degree in Kinesiology and received his Masters in Education Leadership from the University of Texas in Arlington in 2011.
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Sherry Hoffpauir – Community Liaison
Sherry Hoffpauir has over 30 years of marketing experience in Central Texas to include print, radio, television and ad agency. A graduate of Copperas Cove High School, she has resided in Copperas Cove since 1972 and is married to Joe Lombardi. She has served on the Heart of Texas Bowl committee since 2001 and also serves on the Greater Fort Hood Area United Way Board and the Metroplex Health System Foundation Board. Hoffpauir is also a former Girl Scout Woman of Distinction honoree. She currently sells radio advertising for ESPN Radio Central Texas and KOOV/106.9FM.