Brian Watts is beginning his fourth season at the helm of the Army golf program and does so with a pair of recent NCAA Regional appearances under his belt.
In his first three years guiding the Black Knights' program, Watts has led the team to a Patriot League Championship, mentored two individual conference champions, taken both the team and an individual to the NCAA Regional Tournament and been named the Patriot League Coach of the Year.
Watts came to West Point from Oregon State and has quickly put his mark on the team during his three seasons.
In his inaugural season, Army won the team championship, individual championship and had two all-league players at the Patriot League Golf Championships.
The 2010 fall season began with a fourth-place finish at the 10-team Central Connecticut State Invitational and a tough, one-point loss to Navy. The Black Knights placed second at the Service Academy Golf Tournament, finished 11th of 18 at the Classic at Shelter Harbor and wrapped up the fall season at the Memphis Intercollegiate with a 15th-place showing.
Army began the spring season by beating Stetson in a dual match in Florida, finished ninth at the Triumph at Pauma Valley and was 17th at the Fireline Invitational. Army also finished 13th at the Quaker Invitational.
The Black Knights placed fourth at the Rutherford Intercollegiate, were second of eight at the AIC Yellow Jacket Classic and finished seventh at the Rhody Invitational.
Army then won the Patriot League Championship in the spring of 2011, taking the conference title at the Naval Academy Golf Course for its 10th championship. Senior Matt Krembel won the tournament, was named Most Outstanding Golfer and collected his fourth All-Patriot League honor and became Army's seventh individual champion.
Freshman Anthony Kim also collected All-Patriot League honors and joined Krembel on the first team, while Watts was named Coach of the Year as Army earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Army made its 24th appearance in the NCAA Championships at the Tucson, Arizona Regional, and placed 13th of 14 teams at the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort. In a tie for 34th, William Park was Army's top finisher.
In addition to Army's league honors, Kim was also named a PING All-Region selection.
In Watts' second season, Army finished runner-up at the Patriot League championship, losing out on a team NCAA Regional bid by three strokes at the Bucknell Golf Course despite William Park's individual victory.
Park shot two under-par rounds to claim Army's eighth individual championship and collected Most Valuable Golfer and first team all-league plaudits along the way. Kim repeated on the first team as well, after tying for fourth.
By winning the tournament, Park earned a spot in NCAA Regionals where he tied for 41st in the NCAA Ann Arbor Regional. After opening with a 77, Park fired back-to-back rounds of 72 at the par-71 U-M Golf Course.
The fall of 2011 season started with a sixth-place finish at the Battle of the Tetons where Kim shot a five-under-par 67 and tied for fourth. Army placed second at the Bucknell Fall Invitational when Kim finished second and then was third in a tri-match with nationally ranked Georgia and Princeton.
After dropping the dual match to Navy, 7-4, the Black Knights were 15th at the Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, third in the Service Academy Classic and 14th at the Royal Oaks Intercollegiate.
Army began the spring season with a loss to Florida Atlantic in a dual match and a 10th-place showing at the Triumph at Pauma Valley. A 12th-place finish at the National Invitational Tournament at Omni National in Tucson, Ariz., was followed by a ninth-place finish at the Rutherford Intercollegiate and a 16th-place finish at the Wolfpack Spring Invitational.
That led to the Patriot League Tournament where Army was second after shooting three of its best rounds of the season with scores of 295-290-296.
Watts' third season at Army included a huge victory over Navy, a win at the Service Academy Classic and more Patriot League accolades.
Army posted an 8.5-2.5 victory over Navy in the annual dual match, the largest margin of victory in the historic rivalry.
In addition, Army tied Air Force to claim team honors at the Service Academy Classic at Trump National Golf Course in Colts Neck, N.J. Kim won the event to help Army to first-place honors for the first time since 1994.
Under Watts' guidance, Marcus Plunkett finished second at the Patriot League Championships and became just the second Black Knight to garner Rookie of the Year accolades.
Plunkett won the Last Chance Classic at West Point Golf Course, giving Army a pair of medalists in Watts' third season.
The 2012-13 season also included a ninth-place finish at the Turning Stone Intercollegiate, an 11th-place effort at Bank of Tennessee Intercollegiate, a 10th-place finish at the Hummingbird Intercollegiate, a tie for sixth at the Gary Freeman Bethune Cookman Invitational, seventh-place showing at the Triumph at Pauma Valley and a tie for fifth at the Lafayette Invitational.
Watts, a former professional golfer who led Oregon State to five NCAA team appearances in his nine seasons as head coach of the Beavers, was named Army's golf coach in June of 2010
A 1989 graduate of Western Oregon University, Watts is Army's 18th head golf coach and replaced Jimmy Ray Clevenger, who retired after 20 seasons. Major Chad Bagley and Lt. Col. Rob Kewley served the role of interim head coach when Clevenger announced his retirement in the fall on 2009.
Watts spent 13 seasons at Oregon State, including the last nine as head coach and led the team to four consecutive NCAA Regional berths.
"It is an honor for me and my family and we couldn't be more excited about West Point," said Watts at the time of his hiring. "This is a very special place that is committed to the development of young men and women and I feel that my philosophy parallels that of the U.S. Military Academy. I'm excited to share my passion and experiences with the team and continue building this golf program for many years to come."
During the 2009-10 season, the Beavers ranked in the top 25 and finished 16th at the NCAA Championships at The Honors Course in Chattanooga, Tenn. Watts helped guide senior Diego Velasquez to a host of national honors as he tied the course record with a six-under-par 66 on the way to a fourth-place finish and a first team All-America selection.
Watts steered Oregon State to NCAA Regional appearances in each of his final four seasons, including a fourth-place finish in 2009-10.
Among his many coaching accomplishments, Watts was responsible for eight tournament titles, 11 individual championships, coached one Pac-10 Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year and led two players who participated in the NCAA Leadership Conference. Oregon State not only experienced NCAA success under Watts but in the Pac-10 as well, placing as high as third and in the top eight on nine occasions.
The Beavers also collected accolades for their work in the classroom. In each of his first nine seasons, at least one Beaver was named to the Pac-10 All-Academic team with a total of 29 players earning honors.
Before being named head coach at Oregon State, Watts served as an assistant for both the men's and women's teams at OSU, helping guide both programs to NCAA appearances.
Prior to embarking on his coaching career, Watts spent four years on various professional tours, including the Golden State Tour, the Space Coast Tour and the Canadian PGA Tour.
After attending Oregon State for one year as a recruited football player, Watts earned his bachelor's degree in physical education from Western Oregon State College (now Western Oregon University) in 1989.
A native of Reedsport, Ore., Watts also boasts administrative experience serving as the Tournament Director for the 2000 NCAA Women's Golf Championships. His teaching experience includes stints as the assistant professional at the Spring Hill Country Club and De Bell Golf Course.
Watts and his wife Carrie have three daughters: Madeline (17), Olivia (15) and Alexandra (11). The family resides at West Point.