In 41 years of coaching, Doug Watts has brought success to Edinboro at all levels in cross country and track & field. All told Watts, who began Edinboro’s program in 1969, has led the Running Scots to six national championships in cross country, including two NAIA national crowns in the 1970s and four NCAA Division II national championships in 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1990. In five other instances, his men’s cross country team finished as national runner-up.
Watts has coached nine individual national champions in men’s cross country and track & field and has been recognized as the USTFCCCA National Coach of the Year five times. In fact, Watts’ men’s cross country team owns a current NCAA Division II record of having qualified 29 consecutive times for the national championships. His women’s cross country team has won the PSAC title 15 times in 24 seasons and finished in the top ten in the nation 11 times. Collectively, Edinboro’s cross country teams have experienced 37 consecutive undefeated cross country seasons in dual meets and has had a string of 133-straight dual victories.
At the 2009 USTFCCCA Convention, Watts was awarded the Jimmy Carnes Distinguished Service Award for his many years of service and dedication to the USTFCCCA and to Division II coaches in the sport as he went beyond the call of duty towards the advancement of the Association.
Watts has served the USTFCCCA and Division II Coaches for a number of years in a variety of positions, including as the Vice President of the Association, as a member of the USTFCCCA Board of Directors, and as a Division II Law & Legislation member. In recent years, he led the charge to revamp the Association’s bylaws and those of Division II following major changes in the structure of the Association in 2005. He was also a key player in the recent restructuring of Division II within the USTFCCCA. His leadership and expertise have helped ensure the future success of the Association and the sports of cross country and track & field.
Watts is a graduate of the University of Akron, where he also served as an assistant coach before coming to Edinboro.