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Jason Watson's Bio from Dickinson State's Athletic Website:
Jason Watson enters his first season as head coach for the Blue Hawks after five successful years as an assistant coach at Midwestern Colleges. Watson comes to Dickinson after an impressive year of coaching at Franklin College of Indiana.
During the 2011 season, Watson helped lead the Grizzlies to a 30-14 record, including an unblemished home record of 17-0. The Grizzlies achieved a pair of firsts in the 2011 season, winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship and qualifying for the NCAA regional tournament.
Watson helped develop the HCAC's freshman of the year as well as five players who were named to the Division III All-Midwest Regional team. As the hitting coach for Franklin, Watson worked extensively with his players and seven of them recorded batting averages of .326 or better, with one player topping out at .414.
The Wisconsin native came to Franklin after spending the previous four years as assistant coach for his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His coaching responsibilities for the Pioneers included hitting, baserunning, and outfielders. He also served as the team's strength and conditioning coach. Watson helped the Pioneers record back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history as well as earning a spot in the 2010 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament for only the second time in school history. The 2010 Pioneers set or broke 27 offensive school records under Watson's watch. He also coached for three years in the Pioneers football program, guiding defensive backs and receivers.
In the summer of 2010, Watson spent time in Lafayette, Ind., as manager of the Northern Baseball Club's 18U Stars. Watson's team finished the summer with a record of 23-10 while winning the Hoosier Classic tournament in Ft. Wayne, Ind. Five of Watson's players signed on to play with various colleges and universities. One of Watson's pitchers recently signed with Division I University of Cincinnati to pitch for the Bearcats.
In his college playing career, Watson was a four-year letter winner for the Pioneers and earned all-WIAC honors his senior year. During his career, he set the school's and the league's season record for stolen bases with 38. He finished his career with 80 stolen bases, the most thefts ever at UW-Platteville and the second most in conference history. After his collegiate baseball career, Watson finished up his eligibility playing football for the Pioneers while starting as a defensive back.
Watson earned his undergraduate degree in health promotions in 2008 and also holds a master's degree in adult education, both from UW-Platteville.