Continuing with the University of Delaware track and field coaching staff and working with the UD women's pole vaulters for his 12th season in 2013-14 is Chris Watson.
During his tenure with the Blue Hens, Watson has enjoyed outstanding success with the UD pole vaulters. Jon DiNozzi captured the 2003 Colonial Athletic Association men's outdoor pole vault title and advanced to the NCAA Regionals while Casey Bennett won the 2005 CAA women's outdoor pole vault title and competed at the NCAA Regionals in 2004, 2005, and 2006 while also earning All-East honors. Both DiNozzi and Bennett set their respective school records in the event.
Watson also played a key role in the success of 2009 Colonial Ahletic Association Scholar-Athlete of the Year Kelli McDonald, who placed third in the pole vault at the 2009 CAA Outdoor Championships and went on to finish seventh at the NCAA East Regional.
A native of Downingtown, Pa., Watson placed second in the Pennsylvania state high school meet as a senior at Downingtown HS (15-1) and moved on to Odessa (Tex.) Junior College where he earned JUCO All-American honors at the 1994 national meet. He also previously served as an assistant coach at Dover High School.
A member of the United States Air Force since 1994, he currently serves as an aircraft mechanic at Dover (Del.) Air Force Base. He resides in Dover.