After serving two years as the director of basketball operations, Watson was promoted before the 2012-13 season as a full-time assistant coach. He helped lay the foundation for the rejuvenation of the Dartmouth men’s basketball program under Cormier during his first two years in Hanover.
Last year, the Big Green enjoyed their best overall record in 15 years with 12 victories on their ledger, and in Watson’s first season in his current role, Dartmouth had three freshmen who earned a total of 10 Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. With another strong recruiting class entering this fall, Watson will further help the development of the current players and have direct responsibility in identifying and securing new talent for the team.
During the summer of 2014, Watson led a team of 10 college players (including John Golden ’15 and four other Ivy Leaguers) on a goodwill tour of Belgium, The Netherlands and England through the Global Sports Academy (GSA). He and the squad spent seven days playing against various club teams, becoming the first team from the GSA to post a 7-0 record, while enjoying numerous sight-seeing opportunities in the three countries.
Prior to coming to Hanover, Watson was an assistant coach at Barton (Kan.) Community College for three years, the last of which he spent as the associate head coach. The 2009 Cougar squad went 28-5 under the league’s Coach of the Year, Craig Fletchall, and was ranked as high as seventh in the NJCAA as the team won its first Kansas Jayhawk West Conference Championship in seven years. During his three years at Barton, the team had a record of 67-28. One of his players, Nyika Williams, was the 2008-09 KJCCC MVP, then went on to play at the University of the Pacific, and now plays professionally overseas.
“Jordan is an experienced and proven recruiter of the Midwest and the East from his time at Barton,” said head coach Paul Cormier. “And he continues to prove just that as our team has improved — both in talent and results — during his tenure.”
A 2005 graduate of Augustana (Ill.) College, Watson began his collegiate career at the University of Evansville, where he led the Purple Aces and the Missouri Valley Conference in three-point shooting as a freshman. He then transferred to Augustana and played for two years before an injury cut short his senior season. But he took the injury and turned it into an opportunity by serving the Vikings as a student assistant, helping the coaches in practices and during games.
From Augustana, Watson went to Illinois State where he earned his master’s degree in sports management and served as the volunteer graduate assistant for the Redbirds. While working on his degree the following year, he interned with the Memphis Grizzlies as a basketball operations assistant for head coach Mike Fratello. Watson was involved in the daily operations of the team, plus helped the coaching staff with scouting reports and assisted in individual workouts. He also assisted the Director of Player Personnel, Vice President of Basketball Operations and the video coordinator.