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Staffing update: Watts moving on

Tuesday January 19, 2016
Steven Watts
Richard A. Whittaker

Gee-Gees special teams coordinator and defensive backs coach Steven Watts has made a personal decision to leave his position with the team. Watts has been a full-time assistant coach with uOttawa for three seasons, having joined the staff at his alma mater in 2013. Prior to that he spent three seasons coaching with the Saint Mary’s Huskies.

An Academic All-Canadian during his playing career, the 30-year-old took up coaching as a profession immediately following graduation and is planning to now pursue a career in another field.

“I have given this decision a lot of thought and it was not an easy choice. It was a dream come true when coach Barresi hired me and I’m thankful for the opportunity,” says Watts, who will remain in the office until February 1. “He’s a true professional and works tirelessly in guiding the Gee-Gees football program.”

Watts was a member of the 2006 Yates Cup champions and played five seasons for the Gee-Gees from 2003-2007.

“Football has allowed me to meet a lot of great people along the way and it was an honour to work with so many dedicated Gee-Gees players. I am proud to be a part of this great program.”

“Steve has been a very loyal, talented and dedicated assistant. He has had a very good approach to the players and coaches he has worked with, always thoughtful, very detailed and an excellent leadership example to the student-athletes that came under his charge,” added head coach Jamie Barresi. “We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavours.”