Rashad Watson enters his first season as the head coach of the sprint football team at Franklin Pierce University in 2017. He will fill the role on an interim basis for his first year with the program.
Franklin Pierce marks the first head coaching stop for Watson (hiring release). He comes to Rindge via Missouri Southern State University, where he spent the previous five seasons. While with the Lions, Watson spent time as the recruiting coordinator (2012-13), the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach (2013-14), and as the special teams coordinator and secondary coach (2012 and again from 2015-17). While in Joplin, Watson coached nine all-conference selections and also contributed to the campus community away from the field, as he served on MSSU's Athletics Gender Equity and Minority Committee.
Watson also brings professional football experience with him to Franklin Pierce. In the summer of 2014, he served as the Bill Walsh Diversity Fellowship Coach with the National Football League's Kansas City Chiefs. In the role, he worked with the Chiefs' linebackers, secondary and special teams units during the team's summer training camp. In addition, in 2015, Watson spent time working with the NCAA and NFL Coaches Academy, which, per ncaa.com (more information), provides NCAA coaches and former NFL players "the opportunity to expand their knowledge and insight into the world of college football coaching."
Watson played four years collegiately at Division I FCS member Alabama A&M University, from 1997 to 2001. Between his time as a student-athlete with the Bulldogs and his most-recent coaching stint with the Lions of MSSU, Watson crisscrossed the southeastern portion of the country building his coaching résumé. In 2007-08, he served as the defensive secondary coach and recruiting coordinator at Morehouse College in Atlanta. In 2009, he held the same position at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, La. In 2010-11, he worked as the defensive secondary coach and assisted with special teams at Benedict College in Columbia, S.C. Prior to embarking on his collegiate coaching career, Watson spent time as a teacher and assistant football coach at a pair of Alabama high schools.
Originally from Bessemer, Ala., Watson is a two-time graduate of Alabama A&M, with a bachelor's degree in business management and a master's degree in business marketing.