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Summarized by Kent Larsen

Former BYU Basketball Coach Stan Watts Dies
Salt Lake Tribune 11Apr00 P2
BYU's coach for 23 years, leading the team to eight conference titles

Watts started coaching at Millard High School, moving to Dixie College and Jordan High School before taking a job at BYU as head baseball coach, and freshman football and basketball coach. He got the head basketball coach join in 1949, and soon produced a championship team, winning the NIT championship in 1951. He repeated the achievement with BYU's 1966 team.

Watts was also active in national sports, serving as President of the National Association of Basketball Coaches and chairing the 1976 U.S. Olympic Basketball Committee. He also chaired the NCAA tournament selection committee twice. In 1972 he moved up from head basketball coach at BYU to Athletic Director until he retired in 1976.

Watts' achievements were recognized in many halls of fame, including the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts.


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