|Title:||Head Football Coach|
Pelch succeeded Mike DuBose, who concluded four years as head football coach before joining the University of Memphis coaching staff in December 2009.
Pelch was an assistant special teams coach in 2009 for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders. Before his time in the NFL, Coach Pelch was getting fimiliar with the Millsaps way.
Pelch was a member of the Millsaps College coaching staff as Assistant Head Coach in 2007 and 2008 and Linebackers coach in 2006. During that time period, the Majors won three consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference titles and had a pair of NCAA Division III national playoff appearances.
During his years at Millsaps, Pelch coached six All-SCAC defensive line selections, a First Team All-SCAC linebacker, a SCAC Co-Defensive Player-of-the-Year and a defensive All-America honoree. The team’s defensive line ranked second in rushing defense in the conference in 2006 and improved to first in 2007.
Millsaps gained Special Teams Player-of-the-Year nods for three consecutive years under Pelch’s leadership and had the SCAC’s best net punt average in 2007 (8th nationally) and 2008 (5th nationally). The Majors were also the top SCAC punt return team in 2007 and 2008. Pelch also saw his team receive an All-American selection at special teams.
Pelch has a bachelor’s degree from Weber State University and has coached at New Mexico Highlands University in Las Vegas, N.M., and Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas, Calif.