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Jul062009

Stanley H. "Stan" Watts

Enshrined 1986
Murray, UT
August 30, 1911 - April 6, 2000

Biography

In addition to becoming the sixth coach in basketball history to win 100 games in his first five years, Stan Watts was a man of integrity and sportsmanship both on and off the courts. During the 1950s, his Brigham Young University never experienced a losing season while he was head coach. Watts' BYU teams were disciplined and well-drilled units that favored an up-tempo style and relentless defensive pressure. In 23 seasons, Watts established a strong basketball tradition and a national athletic identity for the Mormon school, winning titles in three different conferences. During the 1965 and 1966 campaigns, Watts' "Runnin' Cougars" scored more than 100 points 21 times and at least 95 points 32 times. A master teacher, Watts' highly acclaimed book, Developing an Offensive Attack in Basketball, became a standard manual on the fast break offense.

Career Highlights

NIT championship at Brigham Young University, 1951, 1966
Won eight conference titles: Mountain State Athletic Conference (1950-51), Skyline Conference (1957), Western Athletic Conference (1965, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1972)
Appeared in eleven postseason tournaments, 4 NITs, 7 NCAAs