David Watson (coach)

David Watson
Sport(s) American football
Biographical details
Born August 16, 1976 (1976-08-16) (age 35)
Playing career
1994-1996
1997-1999
Minnesota
Western Illinois
Position(s) Defensive end
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
2002-2003
2004
2005-2008
SW Minnesota State (GA)
Michigan State (GA)
Southern California (DL/ST)
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
4 PAC-10 Conference Championships (2005-2008)

David Watson (born August 16, 1976) is an American football coach. He was most recently the Defensive Line Coach for the University of Southern California (USC) Trojans.

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Coaching career

Watson began his college coaching career at Division II Southwest Minnesota State. While there he served as a graduate assistant working with the defensive line in 2002, transitioning to a full-time assistant in 2003 handling the defensive line, linebackers and the front seven. In 2004 he served as a Defensive Graduate Assistant for Michigan State.

Watson joined the staff at USC in February 2005, serving his first year as an offensive line graduate assistant. He was promoted to full-time assistant working with the defensive line in February 2006. Among the players he coached at USC were Sedrick Ellis and Lawrence Jackson. After a shift in defensive coaching personnel in January 2009, Watson was no longer with the program.[1]

College career

Watson played defensive end in college, beginning his career at Minnesota. As a freshman, he earned Academic All-Big Ten honors in 1994; his career was then beset by two season-ending injuries that caused him to take medical redshirt seasons for both 1995 and 1996. He then opted to transfer to Division I-AA Western Illinois where he played for three seasons (1997–1999), earning All-Gateway Conference selection all three years while setting WIU records for season (41) and career (72) tackles for loss. His injuries finally caused him to end his playing career in 1999.[2] He graduated from WIU in 2001.

High school career

Watson began playing football at age 7, and prepped at Bloomington Jefferson High School in Bloomington, Minnesota.[2] A three-sport athlete, he was the Minnesota Gatorade Player of the Year in football in 1993.

Personal

Watson is married with two children.[2] During his first two seasons with USC, former high school teammate Lane Kiffin served as Offensive Coordinator for the Trojans. His players have nicknamed him "Coach Sweaty" due to his heavy perspiration during practices.[2]

Watson successfully fought an addiction to prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and Soma: He had developed an early addiction due to injuries while playing college football, but after weaning himself off he relapsed after injuring himself while working in construction. On May 17, 2008, Watson was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence of prescription drugs and underwent rehabilitation treatment after encouragement from USC Head Coach Pete Carroll.[2][3] Watson and USC were named in a personal injury lawsuit arising from the accident.[3]

References

  1. ^ Gary Klein, Taylor Mays' decision to stay in school leads to hope about Mark Sanchez, Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2009, Accessed January 14, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gary Klein, USC football assistant Dave Watson on road to recovery from addiction to painkillers, Los Angeles Times, September 7, 2008, Accessed September 7, 2008.
  3. ^ a b Adam Rose, Lawsuit Names USC, Former Assistant Coach, LAist.com, July 13, 2009, Accessed July 14, 2009.

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