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Chris Watson Named Junior High Boys Basketball Coach

By Richard White

Last week the Greenwood School Board approved the hiring of a new boys basketball coach at Wells Junior High. Chris Watson of Lavaca will take over the head coaching duties for the Junior Bulldogs this coming fall. Watson, who is 37, is married to wife Gayla, a teacher at Ramsey Junior High in Fort Smith, and they have three children, a son and two daughters ranging in age from 5 to 12 years.

Watson came to Lavaca as a girls basketball coach and later took over as high school principal. Prior to that he had a very successful run as the varsity girls head basketball coach at Danville, where he posted an impressive record of 154-39. His best team was 33-3 in 2009 and won the Class AA state championship.  He also won four regional titles and five district championships.

He graduated from County Line High School in 1994 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree at Arkansas Tech University in 1999.  He also holds a Master’s degree from Harding University. He expects to teach health at Greenwood in addition to his coaching duties.

Though Watson has never before been a boys coach, he noted that the fundamentals of the sport are the same regardless of the players’ gender. He said that for girls to compete on a high level, “you almost have to treat them like boys” on the basketball court.

Asked what attracted him to the job, Coach Watson acknowledged the nice facilities and the “winning tradition” of Greenwood athletics. He said, “Every coach wants to go somewhere to have a chance to win. I’m excited to be a part of that in Greenwood.”


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