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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.
  • Guided ASU to its third consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament in 2014, for the first time since ASU went four straight in 1992-95
  • In 2014, after a 3-1 win over Texas A&M (Dec. 4), ASU advanced to its first trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament since 2006
  • Recorded 59 wins in three seasons (2012-14), the most since ASU won 57 in 1993-95.
  • Opened the 2014 season with six straight wins, including a road contest at then No. 17 Hawaii
  • The 2014 team was ranked in each AVCA poll of the regular season.
  • In 2013, ASU defeated then NCAA defending champions Texas, 3-0.
  • Did not give up a set in the first seven matches of the 2013 season.
  • In 2012, the Sun Devil squad opened with an 11-2 record, the best start 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: 87-103 (7 seasons)
Career Record: 161-121 (10 seasons)
Appearances in the NCAA Tournament: 6
Record in the NCAA Tournament: 5-6

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
2013 Arizona State 19-14 .576 8-12 8 NCAA 1st Round
2014 Arizona State 20-14 .588 9-11 7 NCAA 2nd Round
ASU 7 Seasons 107-116 .480 45-91    
TOTALS 10 Seasons 181-134 .575 84-100   6 NCAA Appearances

 

WATSON IN THE NCAA POSTSEASON | 5-6 CAREER RECORD

2014 (At ASU)
First and Second Rounds, Austin, Texas (Texas)
Dec. 4 vs. Texas A&M W, 3-1 (22-25, 25-20, 25-16, 25-22)
Dec. 5 vs. Texas L, 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-22)

2013 (At ASU)
First and Second Rounds, Honolulu, Hawaii (Hawaii)
Dec. 6 vs. BYU, L 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 17-25, 26-24, 10-15)

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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