Jason Welch and family

Jason Welch, third from left, was hired as the new head boys basketball coach at Tullahoma High School on Wednesday. Welch spent 15 seasons at helm of the Macon County boys basketball team, winning 269 games, including leading the Tigers to a state tournament appearance in 2017. In the photo, Welch is joined by his family, from left, his wife, Angela, and their children, Cameron and Abi.

Jason Welch was officially hired as the new Tullahoma High School boys basketball coach last week, and fans, parents and locals will have an opportunity to meet him during a meet and greet at the high school on Thursday evening.

Welch takes over the Tullahoma High School program following the February resignation of Zach Bailey. In four seasons at helm of the Wildcats, Bailey led his teams to an overall record of 33-80, including an 8-20 mark this past year.

Under Bailey, the Wildcats advanced to the Region 4-AAA Tournament once, in 2018, after Tullahoma finished fourth in the District 8-AAA Tournament. After entering the region tournament as the No. 4 seed, the Wildcats saw that campaign end with a 74-40 loss at Blackman.

Welch just completed his 26th season as a coach and his 15th year at helm of the Macon County High School boys program. After taking over in 2003 in Lafayette, Welch led the Macon County program to 269 wins, an average of 19 victories over the last 14 years.

In 2017, Welch led the Tigers to one of the most successful seasons in school history, finishing the year with a 29-5 record. That season also saw Macon County make it to the TSSAA State Tournament for the first time in 31 years. The Tigers earned their spot at state after winning a sectional matchup at home against Chattanooga Tyner.

That 2017 season also led to Welch being selected as the District 8-AA Coach of the Year and the Basketball Coaches Association of Tennessee’s Class AA Coach of the Year. In his 15 years in Lafayette, Welch put together a program that had 12 consecutive winning seasons, 12 region tournament berths, two district tournament championships as well as three regular-season titles.

Thursday’s meet and greet at Tullahoma High School will take place at 6:30 p.m. inside the high school cafeteria. All who wish to welcome Welch to town are invited to attend.