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Jason Watson
Position: Head Coach

Hired January 29, 2008

• Named the head coach in 2008, the sixth in program history. Named the head coach of sand volleyball in June of 2013, the first in program history.

• In 2012, the Sun Devil squad opened with an 11-2 record, the best start in program history since 1992 when the Sun Devils advanced to a program-best Sweet Sixteen appearance.

• Since 2012, Watson has grabbed seven wins against ranked opponents in his five years at ASU.

• ASU's 2012 squad made the programs 16th appearance in the NCAA tournament and Watson is the fifth coach from ASU to guide the Sun Devils to a NCAA postseason berth.

• Watson's 20 wins in 2012 is the most in a single season at ASU, most for the program since 1993. The nine conference wins is the most under Watson and most since 2000 for the program.

• Watson's 2012 and 2010 recruiting class were ranked in the top-25.

• At BYU, he compiled a 74-18 (.804) overall record while leading them to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances.

• In only his first season as head coach, he was named the Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year after leading his team to a 25-4 record, the program's best record since 1998.

• In addition to leading BYU to the MWC regular-season title, Watson also helped lead them back to the NCAA Tournament

• In 2007, he led the Cougars to a 24-8 overall record and finish in NCAA Regional Final (Elite 8) as well as a final national ranking of 12th and at one point in the season as high a rank as ninth.

• Watson's teams have been ranked as high as eighth on RPI.

• Prior to his head-coaching debut at BYU in 2005, Watson had amassed 11 years as an assistant coach at four universities.

• Had an All-American playing career at BYU from 1990-1994, where he was a four-year starter and two-time captain.

• Watson coached for two years under his former coach, Carl McGown before beginning his career in women's volleyball with extremely successful stints at Kansas State, Arkansas State and Montana State.

• Graduated from BYU in 1995 with a degree in physical education and sports business management after leaving his native home of Homebush, Australia.

• He and his wife, Larissa, have three children; two sons and a daughter.

Record at ASU: 68-89 (5 seasons)
Career Record: 142-107 (8 seasons)
Appearances in the NCAA Tournament: 4
Record in the NCAA Tournament: 4-4

COACH WATSON'S YEAR-BY-YEAR RECORDS INDOOR VOLLEYBALL:

Season School Overall Pct. Conf. Finish Postseason
2005 BYU 25-4 .862 14-2 1 NCAA 1st Round
2006 BYU 25-6 .806 13-3 2 NCAA 1st Round
2007 BYU 24-8 .750 12-4 3 NCAA Regional
2008 Arizona State 13-18 .419 4-14 8  
2009 Arizona State 13-17 .433 3-15 9  
2010 Arizona State 13-18 .419 7-11 8  
2011 Arizona State 9-22 .290 5-17 10  
2012 Arizona State 20-14 .588 9-11 6 NCAA 1st Round
ASU 5 Seasons 68-89 .433 28-68    
TOTALS 8 Seasons 142-107 .570 67-77   4 NCAA Appearances

 

WATSON IN THE NCAA POSTSEASON | 4-4 CAREER RECORD
2012 (At ASU)
First and Second Rounds, Provo, Utah. (BYU)
Nov. 30 vs. Oklahoma, L 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 18-25, 25-19, 13-15)

2007 (At BYU)
First and Second Rounds, Seattle, Wash. (Washington)
Nov. 30 vs. Ole Miss; W 3-0 (30-27, 30-21, 30-24)
Dec. 1 at No. 6 Washington; W 3-2 (30-28, 28-30, 25-30, 30-22, 15-13)

Regionals, University Park, Pa. (Penn State)
Dec. 7 vs. No. 16 Middle Tennessee; W 3-0 (30-28, 30-22, 34-32)
Dec. 8 at No. 1 Penn State; L 3-0 (23-30; 15-30; 18-30)

2006 (At BYU)
First and Second Rounds, Los Angeles, Calif. (USC)
Nov. 30 vs. UC Santa Barbara; W 3-2 (27-30; 30-32; 30-27; 30-21; 15-12)
Dec. 1 at No. 6 USC; L 3-0 (25-30; 37-39; 19-30

2005 (At BYU)
First and Second Rounds, Los Angeles, Calif. (USC)
Dec. 2 vs. Pepperdine; L 3-1 (24-30, 28-30, 30-24, 28-30)

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