Dan Watson, who is currently in his 10th season with the University of Delaware athletic training staff, was promoted to the position of assistant director of athletics for athletic training and head athletic trainer in September, 2013. He had served as assistant athletic trainer at Delaware since 2005.
Watson earned his degree in athletic training with honors from the University of Delaware in 1995 after serving for three years as an athletic training student and working with the UD football, men's lacrosse, women's soccer, and baseball programs. He moved on to the University of Virginia where he earned his master's degree in education, athletic training, and sports medicine in 1996.
He began his career at Hampden-Sydney (Va.) College as a graduate assistant in 1995-96 before moving on to Yale University in New Haven, Conn. where he served as assistant athletic trainer, working with the football, ice hockey, and track and field programs from 1996-99.
While at Yale, he was active as medical coordinator with the National Youth Sports Program while providing free physicals to underprivileged children and also assisted at the Yale Physical Therapy Clinic where he designed and administered rehabilitation programs for the faculty, staff, and students.
Watson moved on to Rutgers University in 1999 and served with the Scarlet Knights athletics program for five years before returning to Delaware. While at Rutgers, he worked with the men's soccer, wrestling, baseball, and track and field programs and also had teaching duties within the athletic training field.
He has presented a variety of topics at numerous conferences, including at the NATA Annual Symposium. He previously served as Clinical Coordinator of the UD ATEP and as President of the DATA.
Currently, Watson serves the athletic training profession in several position at state and regional positions.
Watson and his wife, Minda, reside in Newark with their son, Jude.