Brian Watts Resigns Men's Golf Post
June 24, 2010
Corvallis, Ore. -
Oregon State University men's golf head coach Brian Watts
has resigned to accept the same position at the United States Military Academy at West Point, he announced Thursday.
Watts recently concluded his ninth season at the helm of the Beavers, leading the team to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2001.; OSU was ranked among the top 25 for most of the season and individual Diego Velasquez earned All-America honors by placing fourth at the NCAA Tournament.
I want to thank Mitch Barnhart and Bob De Carolis for hiring me back in 1999 as the assistant coach for both the men's and women's golf programs, and then in 2001 to become the head men's golf coach, Watts said. The last nine years have gone by so fast and with so many great memories. It's going to be tough leaving such a talented team, but more importantly a great group of young men who are striving every day to be better people, students and athletes. They have given so much to me and this program, and I thank them from the bottom of my heart.
teams finished in the top half at the Pac-10 Conference Championships three times, including the last two seasons. Under his leadership the Beavers also played in NCAA postseason competition the last four years and five times overall. His teams compiled 30 Pac-10 All-Academic honors and nine times Beavers were selected All-Pac-10.
We would like to thank Coach Watts for developing a nationally competitive program, while increasing the academic and community service profile of the team,” OSU Director of Athletics Bob De Carolis said. We wish him and his family all the best in their move to West Point.
Watts spent a total of 12 years in the program, serving as the assistant coach for the men's and women's golf teams for three years. Prior to coming to OSU he played on various professional tours for four years after graduating from Western Oregon in 1989 with a Bachelor's degree in physical education.
OSU has been a wonderful place to coach and im hankful for the opportunities it has given to me and my family,Watts added.The coaching staff is amazing and `Beaver Nation has a lot to be proud of. We're going to miss all those friendships we've developed over the years, but we are looking forward to the next chapter in our lives.
Oregon State officials will embark on a search for a new head men's golf coach immediately.