Jason Watson enters his seventh season as head coach for Dickinson State University. The Blue Hawks finished the 2017 season with a 22-27 overall record and finished fifth in the NSAA with a 11-13 conference record. Sagan Osborne and Jacob Cuch earned 1st Team All-NSAA while Micquel Robinson earned 2nd Team All-NSAA. Coach Watson's overall record after six season at DSU is 125-170.
The Blue Hawks finished with a 25-27 record in 2016. The Blue Hawks finished fourth out of 10 teams in the North Star Athletic Association with a record of 12-10. This was the first time in five years the Blue Hawks finished with a winning record in conference and finished with the most season wins in three years. The 2016 team played a tough schedule, facing seven opponents who were ranked top 25 in the NAIA and NCAA DII.
The Blue Hawks finished the 2015 season with a 20-31 record and made an impressive run in the NSAA Conference Tournament making it all the way to the second championship game against Mayville State after defeating the University of Jamestown, Presentation College, Valley City State University, and Mayville State University to force a second game.
In 2015, Watson produced the first NAIA Baseball 1st Team All- American, Jordan Tescher, in Dickinson State University baseball history.
Prior to DSU, he coached five successful years as an assistant coach at Midwestern Colleges. Watson came to Dickinson after an impressive year of coaching at Franklin College of Indiana.
During the 2011 season, Watson helped lead the Grizzlies to a 30-14 record, including an unblemished home record of 17-0. The Grizzlies achieved a pair of firsts in the 2011 season, winning the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament championship and qualifying for the NCAA regional tournament.
Watson helped develop the HCAC's freshman of the year as well as five players who were named to the Division III All-Midwest Regional team. As the hitting coach for Franklin, Watson worked extensively with his players and seven of them recorded batting averages of .326 or better, with one player topping out at .414.
The Wisconsin native came to Franklin after spending the previous four years as assistant coach for his alma mater, University of Wisconsin-Platteville. His coaching responsibilities for the Pioneers included hitting, baserunning, and outfielders. He also served as the team's strength and conditioning coach. Watson helped the Pioneers record back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in school history as well as earning a spot in the 2010 Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament for only the second time in school history. The 2010 Pioneers set or broke 27 offensive school records under Watson's watch. He also coached for three years in the Pioneers football program, guiding defensive backs and receivers.
In his college playing career, Watson was a four-year letter winner for the Pioneers and earned all-WIAC honors his senior year. During his career, he set the school's and the league's season record for stolen bases with 38. He finished his career with 80 stolen bases, the most thefts ever at UW-Platteville and the second most in conference history. After his collegiate baseball career, Watson finished up his eligibility playing football for the Pioneers while starting as a defensive back.
Watson earned his undergraduate degree in health promotions in 2008 and also holds a master's degree in adult education, both from UW-Platteville.
Coach Watson lives in Dickinson with his wife, Brittney, and their chocolate lab, Oakley Aaron Rodgers Watson.