YUMA, Ariz. – Arizona Western College Baseball is celebrating its golden anniversary this year. The school recognized 50 years of baseball on Saturday at the AWC Alumni Baseball Game.
According to a release Wednesday, Fifty years ago, Jack Watson accepted the challenge of building the brand new Matador Baseball program from the ground up in 1965. As the first head baseball coach at AWC and the school’s Athletic Director, the Matadors’ athletic programs flourished for the next decade.
In order to honor Coach Watson’s legacy at AWC, a group of former players donated money to establish a scholarship in his name to assist other AWC baseball players in furthering their educational goals. The Jack Watson Scholarship was first established in 2007.
Coach Jack Watson presented the Jack Watson Scholarship to two deserving recipients before Saturday’s Alumni Game. The recipients were Irving Lopez and Jerremyh Angela.
Before coming to Yuma, Jack was a baseball star-first at North Phoenix High School and then on a baseball scholarship at the University of Arizona. Jack then began his coaching career while attending graduate school at the U of A, coaching the Wildcats’ freshman baseball team. He then moved on to coach Glendale High School to the Arizona State Baseball Championship in 1959. Jack and the love of his life, Marlee, are celebrating their 56th year of marriage, and still dote on their two children and two grandchildren.
Coach Watson is still out on the field helping coach the AWC Baseball Team.