Former College AD Now at High School

August 1, 2018

Mike Watson, who spent 11 years as Athletic Director Saginaw Valley State University is now doing the same job at Powers Catholic High School in Flint, Mich. According to an article on, although Watson retired from Saginaw Valley, he didn't want to leave the workforce.

"When l left Saginaw Valley, I was ready for a change," Watson said. "It just wasn't cutting it for me there anymore. I knew I had reached a point where I wanted to do something different. I was ready to make a change and try to do something different in my career so I just retired thinking 'What other options do I have?'

"When the Powers position was available, I was looking at different things and I thought, 'Holy cow, here's an opportunity for me to maybe throw my hat in the ring and work with young people and make a difference in their lives and at the same time still be a part of an athletic environment. That's kind of how that came about.

Watson also said he doesn't his new position as being any less demanding than his previous one.

"A lot of people might look at this and say, 'He's doing the high school thing because he wants to work another seven or eight years and not have the same stress or the same things at the collegiate level," Watson said. “I don't look at it that way. I'm coming into this to make Powers Catholic athletics the best athletic program I can make it in the state of Michigan."

Watson said some of his friends asked why he left a prestigious college to be an athletic director at high school, and his answer was that the size of the school or the crowds at the games didn't matter to him.

"If you're really honest with yourself and say, 'Why do I do what I do?' then the level you do it at shouldn't matter,” Watson said. “I don't need 15,000 to 18,000 people at a football game to be happy. I don't need large crowds at boys and girls basketball games to be happy. Its the environment that drives me.”

From New World Of Coaching
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