Former PGA golfer Larry Watson joined the Stetson University Athletics staff in 2012 as Director of Golf Operations and head coach of the men's golf team.
Watson brings more than 40 years of golf experience to the program along with a passion for player development.
In his role as Director of Golf Operations, Watson oversees the operation of Stetson's five major fund-raising tournaments throughout the year. As head coach of the men's golf program he replaced long-time coach Bob Weickel, who is retired following the 2012-13 season.
"My goal as golf coach is to make sure our student-athletes have an athletic experience that is comparable to the academic experience they have as students at Stetson University. I want them to look back on their days at Stetson with fondness, both athletically and academically.
"As Director of Golf Operations, I am focused on helping the entire Stetson Athletics program continue to grow. Our fundraising efforts are critial if we are to continue and grow and achieve success at the level we all want."
Born and raised in Memphis, Tenn., Watson played baseball at Columbia Military Academy in Columbia, Tenn., before going on to play for Memphis State, now known as the University of Memphis. After college, his athletic interests turned to golf.
He joined the PGA of America in 1969 and began his career in golf serving as a teaching professional for some of the most exclusive golf clubs in Memphis. He became a Class A member in 1974 and became a touring pro, competing on the PGA Tour, in Europe and as an associate member of the Champions Tour.
Watson is well known for his long career with the Acushnet Company, where he served as the Player Relations Executive for Titleist and Scotty Cameron Putters. He became well known for his caring and charismatic presence on the pro tours and eventually became an instructor to many PGA Tour players.
While working with some the most talented student players in the Central Florida area, Watson has developed a strong network among high school and college coaches.
Watson and his wife, Barbara, reside in DeLand.