Former Virginia and Navy coach George Welsh died on Wednesday, Virginia announced Friday. Welsh was 85.
The College Hall of Fame member died peacefully in his sleep, according to the school.
Welsh went 189-132-4 with 15 bowl appearances in 28 seasons as a coach. He went 55-46-1 in nine seasons at Navy (1973-81) and 134-86-3 in 19 seasons at Virginia (1982-2000).
"I am saddened to hear that Coach Welsh passed away this week," current Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall said on Twitter on Friday. "My condolences go out to his family. He was a true pioneer for UVA football and provided the model of success we are working hard to replicate. We will miss his frequent visits to the football offices."
Welsh was named ACC Coach of the Year four times during his stint at Virginia. He also won the prestigious Bobby Dodd Award in 1991 as the nation's top coach.
Welsh's 1990 squad reached No. 1 in the nation for three weeks. One of the standouts of that Virginia team was receiver Herman Moore, who was later an NFL star for the Detroit Lions.
Prior to his coaching career, Welsh was an All-American quarterback at Navy and finished third in the 1955 Heisman Trophy balloting.
He later became Navy's coach, and his squads went 7-1-1 against fierce rival Army.
Welsh was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 2004.