Hometown: Boone, N.C.
Positions: Administrator (1976-98), Cross Country Coach (1986-98), Wrestling Coach (1967-77), Golf Coach (1967-73)
John Welborn was the head coach of four different sports programs from the
1960's through the 1990's.
Welborn began his coaching legacy at ECU in 1967 as head wrestling coach.
Welborn built a 94-14-3 record from 1967-77, and his team won five consecutive
Southern Conference titles, losing just one match in 10 years of in-state competition.
He was named Southern Conference Coach of the Year three times.
During this time, Welborn also served as golf coach for six years and soccer coach
for two years. In 1968 and 1970, Welborn coached the Pirates' golf team to a second
place finish in the Southern Conference and in 1969, the Pirates took first place at the
Southern Conference championships.
The Boone, N.C. native, left the coaching scene for several years to serve as
Assistant Athletics Director for Student Life, where his responsibilities included
coordinating all grant-in-aids, letters of intent and admission of prospective
From 1986 to 1998, Welborn returned to coaching as the head coach for the East
Carolina men's and women's cross country teams. Over his years of coaching, Welborn
has overseen 44 individual champions. In 1996, Welborn was chosen as one of two
winners of the John H. Randolph Inspiration Award by the Colonial Athletic Association.