Greg Watson enters his second year as the throws coach of the Kansas State coaching staff.
Watson's first season at K-State was highlighted by an impressive outdoor season put together by the Wildcat throwers group as a whole. Four Wildcats earned All-American honors in Eugene, Oregon, while seven throwers recorded scoring performances at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships, including top-three efforts from Sara Savatovic, Dani Winters and Ryan Hershberger.
Savatovic, in particular, excelled under Watson's guidance, winning Big 12 titles in the weight and hammer throw, and setting personal bests and top-10 K-State marks in both events, as well. A first team All-American in the hammer, Savatovic became only the fifth thrower, and first since 2009, in school history to earn first team honors in the event.
In total, Watson's first year with the team saw Wildcat throwers finish the season with eight top-10 school marks, while all nine throwers recorded personal best marks in their respective events.
Prior to joining K-State, Watson spent two years at Texas State in the same capacity. He coached the Bobcats to multiple conference championships in two different conferences. His final season saw Bobcat throwers claim two indoor conference titles and three outdoor titles at the Western Athletic Conference Championships. He also helped the Bobcats to sweeps in both the men's and women's outdoor team titles. Two of his athletes were honored by the WAC, as Kelsey Titzman was the Indoor and Outdoor WAC Field Performer of the Year and Darian Brown earned WAC Outdoor Field Performer of the Year honors. Watson's throwers won one Southland Conference title while finishing runner-up in three events.
Watson coached five athletes to qualify for the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in 2013, including Titzman, who advanced to the NCAA Championship in the women's shot put. Titzman would go onto to finish ninth at the championship meet. Two of his athletes also qualified for the 2013 USA Junior Championships, as Dasha Tsema finished third in the women's discus and Talore Kelly finished fourth in the women's hammer throw.
Watson's first year at Texas State included multiple athletes of his claim ranks in the top-10 in Texas State history during the outdoor season. Both Jalisa Hall and Titzman moved into the top-three in women's hammer throw. Titzman was the 2012 Southland Conference Indoor shot put champion and finished as the runner-up in the outdoor season.
In all, Watson's time at Texas State included three conference championships, eight individual conference champions, three school records, three junior national qualifiers and one second-team All-American.
Outside of K State, Watson coaches the current American Record holder in the Women's hammer throw, Amanda Bingson. Bingson, a 2012 Olympian, won her second consecutive National Championship this past June in Sacramento, California, where she beat the rest of the field by over 10 feet. She is currently ranked eighth in the world and holds a personal best mark of 75.73m (248-05).
Prior to Texas State, Watson served as a volunteer assistant at UNLV for three years. In his first year with the Rebels, Watson's athletes broke two of the school's hammer throw records and sent one to the NCAA preliminary rounds. Bingson, in particular, won the Outstanding Performance Award at both the 2010 and 2011 Mountain West Championships and was a three-time All-American during Watson's tenure. Watson's last year had two Rebels, Bingson and Chelsea Cassulo, earning NCAA All-American honors with each athlete finishing fourth and fifth, respectively, at the 2011 NCAA Championships.
In three years at UNLV, Watson had athletes break three school records and record 12 top-five all-time marks.
Before beginning his coaching career, Watson was a thrower at Southern Utah, where he set the school record in the hammer throw despite the school not having an official throws coach. During his senior year Watson advanced to the NCAA Championships under the guidance of Anatoliy Bondarchuk, current throws coach of the Canadian National Team and formerly of the same position with the Soviet Union. Watson captured three Summit League title in the weight and hammer throws and was a runner-up in the discus one time.
Also of note, as a high schooler, he was coached by four-time Olympian in the discus, John Powell.
Watson, 30, earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice with a minor in hospitality management from Southern Utah in 2008. He and his wife Holly have two sons, Owen and Casen, and are natives of Las Vegas, Nevada.