Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter
National Football Foundation
Thirty-three of the best high school football players in eastern Massachusetts were honored Sunday, May 4, at the 39th Annual Scholar Athlete Banquet of the Jack Grinold Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of the National Football Foundation. The 33 scholar-athletes come from 26 different high schools and were honored at the Boston/Newton Marriott.
In addition to the high school honorees Massachusetts Maritime Academy offensive lineman John Moriartyreceived the Jack Daly Award for Academics, Citizenship and Football, and the Ipswich tandem of retired head coach Jack Welch and team historian John Thomas will were presented the Ron Burton Distinguished American Award and the Ed Schluntz Contributions to Amateur Football Award respectively.
Moriarty is a two-year starter at right tackle for the Buccaneers following his transfer from the University of St. Thomas (Minn.). His senior year Moriarty was a first-team Massachusetts State College Athletic Conference selection and was named to the New England Football Writers Division II/III All-New England team.
A facilities engineering major, Moriarty was selected as a semi-finalist for the William V. Campbell Trophy given by the National Football Foundation. Moriarty became the third student-athlete in Academy history to earn Capital One Academic All-America honors with his selection to the second team Division III national squad last December.
Moriarty has been active with ongoing roles in the Academy Student Athlete Advisory Committee, and has been a volunteer with the Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod Special Olympics. He is also an active participant with the Rotary Interact Club.
After the service Welch attended and graduated from the University of Maine where he played football and was elected captain his senior year before returning to his hometown.
Welch was a teacher and coach in the Ipswich Schools for 46 years (1964-2010). He led the Ipswich Tigers football team to five State Championships, and eight Cape Ann League titles. He was honored as the Coach of the Year on six different occasions and was inducted into the Massachusetts High School Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1995. Welch received the Elliot Roundy Distinguished Service Award in 2001. Upon his retirement Welch had compiled an overall record of 224-132-6.
Welch is a native of Newburyport, Massachusetts where he attended Immaculate Conception High School. He began a professional baseball career with a minor league team of the Boston Braves, but enlisted in the Navy during the Korean conflict and became one of the first U.S. Navy SEALs.
While working in the athletic department, Thomas began to compile historical statistics on past Manning High and Ipswich High athletes. He has published Manning High & Ipswich High Football From 1901-1975.
As a high school student Thomas became a football correspondent to the Boston Globe and Boston Herald. He would report the scores and highlights of local football games. At the same time, John became a radio correspondent for WESX radio.
After graduating from Ipswich High School in 1967, and following his graduation from Bryant McIntosh Junior College in 1970 Thomas joined the Ipswich High School staff as the athletic department clerk. From 1971 to 1991, John assisted Athletic Directors Elliott Roundy and Arthur Carey with the daily operations of the IHS Athletic Department and was the media correspondent to both local and Boston papers.