Jordan Watson To Be Named Assistant Coach At Siena

It appears that Jordan Watson will be named as a new assistant coach at Siena. He will replace Luke D’Alessio who served as assistant for the past two seasons under Head Coach Jimmy Patsos. Watson comes from Dartmouth where he served as assistant coach for the past three seasons and Director of Operations for the two years prior.

Jeff Ruland had been reported as the replacement for D’Alessio but is reportedly now out of the picture.

During his time at Dartmouth, Watson helped to begin a turnaround under head coach Paul Cormier at the Ivy League school. Two seasons ago Dartmouth posted 12 victories, the most for the program in 15 years and this past year they improved their win total to 15.

In the summer of 2014, Watson led a group of college players on a goodwill tour of Belgium, The Netherlands and England through the Global Sports Academy (GSA), the same program Siena assistant Greg Manning worked with last summer. The Watson-led team finished 7-0 on the tour.

Prior to his time at Dartmouth, Watson was an assistant coach at Barton (Kan.) Community College for three years, the last of which he spent as the associate head coach. In 2009 he helped lead the Cougar squad to a 28-5 record under the league’s Coach of the Year, Craig Fletchall. That team was ranked as high as seventh in the NJCAA in winning their first Kansas Jayhawk West Conference Championship in seven years.

Watson began his playing career at the University of Evansville, where he led the Purple Aces and the Missouri Valley Conference in three-point shooting his freshman year.  He then transferred to Augustana College where he played for two seasons before an injury cut his career short. He went on to serve there as a student assistant to the coaching staff.

Following graduation from Augustana, Watson worked as a graduate assistant at Illinois State and interned with the Memphis Grizzlies as a basketball operations assistant for head coach Mike Fratello.

Watson joins Ben Asher, the Director of Basketball Operations as the new additions to Patsos’ staff.

One Comment

  1. Steve

    June 10, 2015 at 9:35 pm

    Nice to get a guy with recruiting ties to the Midwest.

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