Hugh Watson Hired As Hiwassee Basketball Coach

Monday, March 25, 2013 - by special report to chattanoogan.com

 

Dr. Robin Tricoli, Hiwassee College President, welcomes Hugh Watson as the new Head Coach of the Men’s Basketball Program. Watson coached the Tigers from 1984 until 1990 and is happy to be back courtside at Hiwassee College.

Hiwassee College has announced the hiring of Hugh Watson to the Tiger coaching staff. Watson will serve as the Head Coach of the Men’s basketball program and will be in charge of the recruiting, coaching, scheduling, and day-to-day operations of the team at Hiwassee College.

In an interview, Hiwassee College President, Dr. Robin Tricoli, stated, “We’re excited to welcome back Coach Watson to Hiwassee College. It’s an honor to have someone of his experience, commitment and energy as part of our athletics program. Coach Watson has a very impressive resume and I know he will do a fantastic job.”

Coach Watson is a Monroe County native, growing up on a dairy farm in Sweetwater, Tennessee. He attended and played basketball for Hiwassee College, graduating in 1962. Watson went on to play for Lee University, earning a B.S. degree in Social Studies and Physical Education. While at Lee University, he entered coaching as an assistant to Dale Hughes. After college, Watson returned home to take the position as Head Coach of the girls’ basketball team at Loudon County High School. He later took over the Boys’ program and remained at Loudon for 17 years.

In 1984, Hiwassee College offered Coach Watson the position of Athletics Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach. He was excited to be given the opportunity to coach for his alma mater. Under his direction, Hiwassee won the Tennessee Junior College State title three times and qualified twice for the NJCAA National Tournament. At Hiwassee, he compiled a 152-38 record and was named Coach of the Year in 1986, 1988, 1989 and 1990. Coach Watson was an inaugural inductee into the Hiwassee College Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008.

Coach Watson left Hiwassee College in 1990 to serve as an assistant coach at the University of Idaho. He has also served as the Head Coach at Columbia Central High School in Columbia, Tennessee and Head Coach at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, where he was named the 1997 Coach of the Year for the Scenic West Athletic Conference.

Watson is excited to be back coaching at Hiwassee College. “I love Hiwassee. I love coaching here and I have a lot of friends here,” said Watson. “It’s exciting to be back. I met my wife at Hiwassee College, two of my kids went here and my father-in-law was an alumnus. Coming back to Hiwassee to coach again is a great honor. I look forward to helping raise the basketball program to another level.”

There will be a reception to welcome Coach Watson and his wife, Anna Sue, on April 1 from 4 – 6 p.m. The reception will take place in the Laycock Alumni Center and refreshments will be served. The community is encouraged to attend.


Cleveland, Bradley Central No. 1 And No. 2 In State Wrestling Poll

Now in its 25th year, The Poll is primarily a measure of  dual meet strength  with some consideration to individual tournament strength.   Votes are cast by a state-wide panel of high school wrestling coaches and are based on a maximum Power Ranking of 100%.   STATE POLL:   RANK ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: Central Boys Win Over Hixson

Chattanooga Police To Add 14 Officers After Violent Weekend; New System To Allow Local Testing Of Shell Casings

In the wake of a weekend in which five people were shot with two dying, the Chattanooga Police Department is adding 14 more officers, Mayor Andy Berke and Chief Fred Fletcher said Monday. The department is also utilizing a new system that will allow local testing of shell casings and avoid a long wait time after sending them off to Nashville. Chief Fletcher also said there ... (click for more)

Cleveland Mother And Father Indicted After 2-Month Old Tests Positive For Meth; Has Multiple Injuries

The father and mother of a two-month-old in Cleveland have been indicted for child abuse after the baby tested positive for meth and had multiple injuries. Cleveland Police said on Jan. 4 the Department of Children Services and the Cleveland Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit began a joint investigation on an aggravated child neglect/abuse case.  DCS and ... (click for more)

Proud Of Chattanooga And The Women's March - And Response (2)

I was very happy to participate in the Women’s March on Chattanooga yesterday afternoon. The diversity and the sheer numbers of women, men and children were incredible. One estimate was at least 3,000. Standing together with all of these like-minded souls was overwhelming and humbling.  I have rarely been so happy and so proud of my town.  One question is, why is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Our Puzzling Women

After Rhonda Thurman left the “Enlightment” meeting of the Hamilton Country School Board Saturday afternoon, she must have been catching up on the news when she posted this message on her Facebook page: “I am really trying to understand. I am a woman and I cannot think of one "RIGHT" I do not have. Can someone enlighten me?” Not one person enlightened Rhonda because nobody could ... (click for more)