Permian announced the hiring of Darchelle Welch as its next head cross country coach.
This upcoming season will mark Welch’s 16th season in the coaching business. She spent the last five seasons at Bryan High School and made stops at Copperas Cove and Temple.
Welch said she has spent most of her life around a track, since her mom was a track coach, as well. Welch has been running track and cross country since she was nine years old. She went on to run at Kansas State University.
Welch said there are a few things that drew her to Permian, including the schools love for running and cross country. But the school’s pride was one of the main selling points.
“They’re about being Permian and it’s deep. I love it,” Welch said.
The new Permian coach said she has started preparing summer workouts for the team and is excited to meet all of her new athletes. She said her main goal is implementing life lessons the runners can carry with them throughout their life.
“I’m really big on teaching the athlete from forward to backward why they’re doing what they’re doing.”
Welch will also be helping with the track program.
Watch the video above to hear from Coach Welch.