Quincy Watts enters his second season as one of Avery Anderson's top assistant coaches in 2012-13.
Watts, a two time Gold Medalist at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, is responsible for Cal State Northridge middle distance/distance runners, cross country as well as conditioning the multi's and men's sprint squads.
Watts handles all cross-country operations including coordination of travel, equipment and overseeing the Northridge Cross Country Invitataional which is now in its third season. Expanding his duties to the development of all student athletes and community runners, Watts also works in conjunction with CSUN staff in managing the successful Cal State Northridge All Comers Meets.
As a coach at Harvard Westlake High School for nine years, Watts was responsible for the sprinters and middle distance runners. The Wolverines boasted one of the strongest high school distance programs in the country and under his coaching and mentoring, his girls team was selected as the two best girl tandem runners in the history of high school sports.
He has developed several Big West Conference champions and earlier this year was awarded the Order of IKKOS medal for being recognized as a podium level coach by USA Track & Field for having coached an Olympic Gold medalist at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
“I am truly excited that we can add a coach of Quincy’s caliber to our coaching staff,” said Anderson upon Watts' hiring on Aug. 3, 2011. “He has a proven track record of producing high caliber athletes and will make an immediate impact on our program.”
A native of Detroit, Mich., Watts prepped at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif. As a high school sprinter, he won three state titles; one in the 100 meters and two in the 200 meters. He ran 10.30 (100m) and 20.50 (200m) as a junior in high school and was awarded a scholarship to the University of Southern California (USC) where he went on to play football and run track.
In his time at USC, Watts set the school record in the 400 meters (43.50) and is currently the national collegiate record holder in 400 meters (44.00). At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain, he won Gold Medals in the 400 meters (43.50) as well as the 4x400 meter relay where he ran the fastest relay leg ever (43.10). His relay team continues to hold the world record 2:55.74. Watts also earned gold on the 4x400 meter relay at the 1993 World Championships.
“I’m delighted at the opportunity to join such a great program, and I’m anxious to add to the foundation of success that Avery and Bridget have laid,” said Watts in 2011.