Stanley W. Watts

Athletics

Stanley W. Watts (1911-1999)

was born and raised in Murray, Utah. Due to the depression, his college education was postponed for several years, but in 1936, he completed a two-year degree at Weber Junior College and earned his bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University.

After three years coaching at Millard High School in Fillmore, Utah, he began his college coaching career at Dixie College. From 1941-45, he was athletic director and head coach in football, basketball and track. His first football team consisted of only 14 players, but they won five of eight games. College athletics were then suspended due to World War II, so in the interim, he coached Dixie High School to a state championship. In 1947, he joined the athletic department at BYU to revive the baseball program that had been missing for 25 years. In 1949, he began a 23-year basketball coaching career at BYU, compiling a 433-258 overall record over that span. His team won the NIT tournament with a 40-9 record in 1966. In all, his teams won eight conference titles and played in seven NCAA tournaments and four NITs.

Among other awards he has been inducted into the Helms Foundation Coaches Hall of Fame, the All Sports Association Hall of Fame, and was enshrined into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986. He and his wife, the former Emily Kelly, are the parents of three daughters and one son.