Kansas State head track and field coach Cliff Rovelto announced the addition of Greg Watson as an assistant to his staff on Friday.
Watson joins the K-State staff as the throws coach after serving in the same capacity at Texas State the past two seasons. He’s worked with some of the best throwers and throws coaches in the world. Watson replaces Steve Fritz on staff after the former Wildcat accepted the boys’ basketball head coaching position at Riley County High School.
“Greg was coached in high school by John Powell, a four-time U.S. Olympian in the discus, and also worked with Anatoly Bondurchuk in college, who is widely accepted as one of the world’s very finest coaches and one of track and field’s finest teachers,” Rovelto said. “I am very excited that we have added one of our country’s finest throws coaches to work with our student-athletes.”
Watson attended Southern Utah where he won three conference championships in the hammer throw, two in the Mid-Continent Conference and one in the re-named Summit League.
During his two seasons at Texas State, Watson coached the Bobcats to multiple conference titles in two different conferences. This last season, his throwers claimed two indoor conference titles and three outdoor titles at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. Watson’s coaching helped the Bobcats sweep the men’s and women’s outdoor team titles this season. In 2012, Texas State throwers won one Southland Conference title while finishing runner—up in three events.
This season, Watson coached five athletes to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, seeing one, Kelsey Titzman, advance to the NCAA Championship in the women’s shot put. Titzman would go on to finish ninth at the meet. Two of his athletes also qualified for the 2013 USA Junior Championships, finishing fourth in the women’s hammer throw and third in the women’s discus.
Prior to his time at Texas State, Watson served as a volunteer assistant coach at UNLV for three seasons where he coached one of the top throwers in the nation in Amanda Bingson. At UNLV, Watson coached two USTFCCCA All-Americans in 2011 and three Mountain West Conference champions in three years.
Watson continues to train Bingson, as she served as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas State this season. Under his coaching, Bingson won the women’s hammer throw in June at the USA Championships, while setting a new American record in the process with a mark of 75.73 meters (248-05). Bingson finished 13th at the London Olympics and is currently ranked fourth in the world and will compete for Team USA at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.
Rovelto said Bingson plans to move to Manhattan to continue training with Watson and join the K-State staff as a volunteer assistant.