A veteran of the TCU coaching staff, Donnie Watson enters his 11th season as a Horned Frog assistant coach.
Watson joined Lance Brown's staff as a junior varsity and volunteer coach in 1993, giving Watson the opportunity to work with a talented group of Horned Frog freshmen and sophomores.
"It was a great opportunity for me to get back into coaching," Watson recalls. "The timing was perfect."
In the span of just over one year, Watson went from making a career move back into coaching after a 10-year private business venture, to being a part of the 1994 Southwest Conference Championship squad, to accepting the Frogs' full-time assistant coaching position in August 1994.
"It is easy to understand how TCU has been a part of Coach Brown and his wife, Molly's, lives for 40-plus years, and mine over the last ten ," Watson explains. "TCU is full of great people, is known for its total commitment to the student-athlete, has big-time, Division I athletics and the Fort Worth community provides great support for it all. The Horned Frog experience is truly one-of-a-kind."
The 1995 season was not Watson's first as Brown's right-hand man, as he served on Brown's staff at Newman Smith High School in Carrollton in 1980-81.
He spent the following year as a graduate assistant at Texas-Pan American before returning to the Metroplex as an assistant coach at Southlake Carroll High School. At Carroll, he helped lead the Dragons to the 1982 Class 2A state championship.
Watson left Carroll to become the head coach at Dallas Bishop Lynch High School, where he compiled a 30-18 mark over two seasons before leaving the coaching ranks in 1984 to work in private business.
Despite being hampered by elbow injuries, resulting in surgery in 1973, Watson enjoyed a very successful collegiate playing career. The right-hander compiled a 23-12 career record on the mound and a .340 career batting average at the plate during stints at Dallas Baptist University and the University of Dallas.
In 1978, he led the nation in doubles with 23, en route to district MVP honors. He was also named an all-conference selection in 1977 and `78.
In recognition of his accomplishments on the playing field, Watson was inducted into the University of Dallas Athletics Hall of Fame on February 8, 2002.
Both personable and versatile, Watson has worn many hats during his tenure at TCU. He is as comfortable working on all facets of the game with his players as he is handling a myriad of administrative duties off the field, including recruiting and team travel.
Watson's wife, Ileeta, is a common fixture at Horned Frog baseball games. They have two daughters -- Candace, 22 and Natalee, 18 -- who both attend TCU.