Coaching From the Heart
Coaching From the Heart
By Marcus Schupp
Brandon Welsch, a MHS counselor, is more then meets the eye. He is a quiet and devoted family man. Welsch is married to his wife Lindsay and they have two kids, four year oldCantonand new born Parker Jayne.
Welsch has lived in Muscatinehis whole life. He also has always been around sports, playing everything from soccer to basketball. He turned out alright in sports, receiving 1st team Allstate honors in basketball and team defensive MVP in soccer. In college he received a BA in Business and majored in Sports Management from Robert Morris University. To top it all off, he got his Masters in School Counseling from the University of Iowa.
In the fall of 2008, he became the MHS varsity head basketball coach, taking over for his high school coach, Terry Youngbauer. When asked why he ended up back inMuscatine, he simply said, “Well, I wanted to give my experiences to the kids of this town. I also wanted to make theMuscatinebasketball program more consistent.” He also brought up that the leadership and sports psychology is what attracted him to coaching. He got most of his coaching influences from his former coach atRobertMorrisUniversity, Jim Boone.
He’s found that coaching definitely has its pluses and minuses. What he found most enjoyable is teaching the kids the game and helping them reach their potential, but more than that the satisfaction that comes with seeing the results of our program when they come back from college. On the lesser side, he has discovered coaching takes a lot of time from his family and he has had to teach himself to let the players play and that his job is to guide them, not do it for them.
Off the court, his focus is on family and religion. When not coaching, he spends as much time as possible with his wife and kids. “Now that I have a family of my own I’m really trying to live more in the moment and cherish it all,” said Welsch. He adds that Mountain Dew always helps too.
In his spare time you can find him fishing or hunting, where he does his best thinking. He also has become a big Disney, his favorite one is the Song of the South because it reminds him of his grandpa when he was growing up. Another favorite of his is the Simpsons and always finds the time to fit them in to his busy and sometimes hectic day.