Cal State Northridge head coach Avery Anderson announced Quincy Watts as the newest member of his 2011-12 coaching staff on Aug. 3, 2011.
Watts, a two-time gold medalist at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992, will be primarily in charge of the distance runners at Cal State Northridge. He comes to Northridge from Harvard-Westlake High School, which boasts one of the strongest high school distance programs in the country.
"I am truly excited that we can add a coach of Quincy's caliber to our coaching staff," said Anderson. "He has a proven track record of producing high caliber athletes, and will make an immediate impact on our program."
Watts career was highlighted by his double gold medal performance at the Olympic Games in Barcelona in 1992. He twice broke Lee Evans' Olympic record in winning the 400 meters. Watts ran 43.71 in the semifinal before clocking a time of 43.50 in the final. He then teamed with Andrew Valmon, Michael Johnson and Steve Lewis to win the gold in the 4x400 meter relay in a then-world record time of 2:55.74. Watts ran the second leg in a blistering 43.10 which is among the fastest in the world. He also earned a gold medal in the 4x400 relay at the 1993 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany and a silver medal at the 1991 World Championships in Tokyo, Japan.
A native of Detroit, Mich., Watts prepped at Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif. and later attended USC where he was a two-sport standout for the Trojans in track and football. Watts came to USC as a short sprinter but coach Jim Bush convinced him to become a 400 meter runner.
"I'm delighted at the opportunity to join such a great program, and I'm anxious to add to the foundation of succes that Avery and Bridget have laid," said Watts.