Beth WatsonHead Coach
Alma Mater: Friends University '88
Office Phone: 581-2528
Entering her fifth season, Beth Watson came from the University of Central Florida where she had been the first assistant coach from the 2002-08 seasons. In 20 years of coaching in the NCAA, Watson has made the postseason 18 different times, and qualified for regionals on three different occasions. After the 2012 season Watson has put together 399 career wins as a head coach.
During in her time at Cameron, Watson has won 95 games, including a 32 win season in 2009.
She has also oversaw Ashton McBride win the Lone Star Conference Scholar Athlete award. Watson has also three of her student-athletes named to the All-LSC team.
At UCF, Watson helped guide the team to a victory in the 2008 Conference USA Championship and a final national ranking of #29. She also coached 2 All-Conference First Team selections, 5 All-Tournament team selections, and 1 All-Freshman team selection.
Prior to competing in Conference USA, the UCF Knights were in the Atlantic Sun Conference where Watson helped to lead the team to a conference championship in 2005 and a regional birth. In her seven years at UCF, the Knights only once finished below fourth place in their respective conference.
Before coaching the Knights of UCF, Watson was the head coach at the University of Southern Indiana (Evansville) where she compiled a 204-119 (.632) record. From 1995-2001 the USI Screaming Eagles fielded one All-American player, nine All-Region players, and 22 All-Conference (Great Lakes Valley Conference) players under Watson. While at USI, Watson made the GLVC tournament in each year as head coach, finished runner up in 1999, and won the 1998 championship. Watson in the 1998 season won 45 games, reached the NCAA Great Lakes Regional, and was named GLVC Coach of the Year.
Prior to becoming the head coach at USI, Watson was the assistant coach at Missouri State University from 1992-95 while she completed her graduate degree. During the 1994 season, the Lady Bears won the MVC Regular season title and was the tournament runner-up.
From 1988-92, Watson was the head coach at her alma-mater, the aforementioned Friends University, where she compiled a 102-73 (.583) record. In 1989 she led the Falcons to a Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference (KCAC) regular season title, as well as a tournament championship.
These accolades resulted in Watson being named the KCAC Coach of the Year in 1989. The Falcons repeated as regular season champions in 1990. Friends University is an NAIA school.
Watson is a graduate of Friends University (Wichita, Kansas) where she achieved her undergraduate degree in Science in Health and Physical Education. She then received her graduate degree in Science in Education Administration from Missouri State University (Springfield).