|Welsh awarded McManes award||Nov 2003|
WASHINGTON --- Ryan Welsh (Glen Mills, Pa. / Salesianum (Del.), a three-year starting linebacker at Catholic University, received the 2002 Ronnie McManes Award at halftime of the Cardinals' Homecoming game against Emory & Henry.
The prestigious award is given "to the Catholic University football player who has risen above adversity to excel athletically and academically."
Welsh led the Cardinals in tackles (80) and tackles for loss (16) in 2002 and was selected second-team All-Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC). He was chosen ODAC and tri-National Defensive Player of the Week in the Cards' 41-35 victory over Frostburg (Md.) State University with nine tackles, including six for loss and three sacks. He concluded his career with 218 tackles, 41 tackles for loss, 12 sacks, four fumble recoveries and two interceptions.
Welsh also played three years of lacrosse at CUA and led the 2002 team in scoring in with 37 points on 18 goals and 19 assists.
Making just his second start in football as a freshman, Welsh suffered a dislocated left shoulder early in the Cardinals' NCAA playoff game at McDaniel College, but continued to play. Following surgery for a torn labrum, he missed his rookie year of lacrosse.
During the next three years, Welsh sustained repeated dislocations of his right shoulder, but would have it reset and continue playing. Despite the injuries and playing two sports, he graduated on time in the spring with a degree in anthropology. He has applied to graduate school at the University of Maryland to study applied biological anthropology.
Welsh joins quarterback Derek McGee (2001), linebacker Larry Waters (2000), defensive tackle Joe Marino (1999) and linebacker Justin Flint (1998) as previous Ronnie McManes Award winners.
Ronnie McManes, who lived in Hyattsville, Md., at the time of his death in 2001 at age 80, helped to rejuvenate football at CUA by becoming the school's first head football coach in 1965 after a 15-year hiatus. He previously coached football, baseball, basketball and track in Washington, D.C., for the No. 12 Metropolitan Police Boys Club. Among the more noted players he coached were former Prince George's (Md.) County Police Chief Mike Flaherty, Prince George's Community College Softball Coach Mike Gleason and University of Notre Dame President, the Rev. Edward A. "Monk" Malloy.