Jim Watson retires as tennis coach
Veteran tennis Coach Jim Watson ended his 24-year run at Tufts this springóbut not before the menís varsity tennis team presented him with the 200th victory of his career, a 4-3 win over Boston University on April 20.
Watson, who came to Tufts in 1981, coached the menís and womenís programs until last season, when his assistant, Doug Eng, took over as the womenís coach and Watson continued as menís coach. In 23 seasons as the womenís coach, Watson directed the team to a 169-101 record, five New England titles and four NCAA Tournament berths.
The menís team has gained six NCAA Tournament berths under Watson since 1994. He guided the team to NCAA appearances in 1994, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003 and 2004. Watson earned two New England Coach of the Year awards as menís coach (1989 and 1994) and two with the women (1989 and 2000).
In his first season as head coach of the menís team, Watson guided the Jumbos to an 8-2 record and the New England Division III championship in spring 1982. The success continued into the 1990s. The 1994 menís tennis squad became the first team sport at Tufts to earn an NCAA Tournament berth after the New England Small College Athletic Conference lifted its ban on NCAA post-season competition in 1993. That team finished with a 14-3 record.
Born in Costa Rica, Watson coached at Missouri and Drake prior to coming to Tufts. He is a 1962 graduate of Pan American University.