April 30, 1950 |
|1968–1970||Henry Ford CC|
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Accomplishments and honors|
|2× Horizon League Tournament championship (1994, 1999)
2× Horizon League regular season championship (1998, 1999)
|Horizon League Coach of the Year (1998)|
In 1977, Watson took the head coaching position at Detroit Southwestern High School where he coached, among others, future NBA players Jalen Rose, Voshon Lenard and Howard Eisley. Watson left Southwestern to take a position on Steve Fisher's staff at the University of Michigan in 1991, coinciding with the arrival of the Fab Five of which Rose was a member.
After two years as an assistant under Fisher, Watson was hired as the head coach at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he spent the next fifteen seasons.
Watson took an indefinite medical leave of absence in January 2008. He resigned on March 5, 2008. Perry Watson was an important character witness in the University of Michigan basketball scandal.
- "UDM Basketball Coach Watson Takes Medical Leave. He is considered one of the greatest coaches in University of Detroit Basketball History, Along with Dick Vitale". University of Detroit Mercy. January 7, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- "Detroit coach Watson resigns after 15 seasons". ESPN. March 5, 2008. Retrieved 2008-01-10.
- Cnockaert, Jim (2002-03-22). "Accident's effects still felt six years later: Roberson: It changed the athletic department". MLive.com. Ann Arbor News. Archived from the original on August 27, 2002. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
- "Ed Martin Revealed: His long and infamous road into Michigan basketball history". The Michigan Daily. 2003-05-12. Retrieved 2008-08-13.
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