Brian Watts Promoted to Men's Golf Head Coach

June 25, 2001

Corvallis, Ore. - Brian Watts has been promoted to head men's golf coach at Oregon State University, it was announced Monday by Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart. Watts replaces Mike Ketcham, who resigned earlier this month to accept the head coaching position at his alma mater, the University of Arkansas.

Watts has served as the assistant men's and women's golf coach for the last two years, and was also an assistant men's coach during the 1996 and 1997 academic years. He helped the men's team finish tied for 12th at the NCAA Championships during the 2001 season, the highest finish ever for the program.

'We are very fortunate it didn't take long to find the right person to fill the void in our men's golf program,' Barnhart said. 'Brian has great knowledge of the Pacific Northwest, which will allow for a smooth transition. We are certainly excited about the way the men's golf team finished this season, and we look forward to continued success with Brian at the helm.'

Watts, who attended OSU, is a 1989 graduate of Western Oregon University with a degree in physical education. His competitive experience includes playing on the Golden State Tour, Space Coast Tour, and the Canadian PGA Tour.

'This is a wonderful opportunity for me and my family,' Watts said. 'In the back of my mind I have always wanted to be a head coach, and then to have an opportunity to be a head coach in the Pac-10 Conference and at Oregon State University - it's hard to put into words.'

In addition to his coaching duties, the 37-year-old Watts has served as the Tournament Director for the 2001 NCAA West Regional Men's and Women's Golf Championships, and Tournament Advisor for the 2000 NCAA Women's Golf Championships.

'I want to thank Mitch and the entire administration for their support, and for believing in me,' Watts added. 'I know this has been a tough time for the team, but I think the student-athletes in the program feel comfortable with my coaching technique and philosophy, and that we can continue to build on the successes this program has enjoyed in recent seasons.'

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