Lincoln HS, Baker JH
Hall of Fame Class of 1995
Dan Watson was a 100 yard dash state champion for Fruita High School in Colorado. After graduating from college in Colorado, he came to Baker Junior High School in Tacoma in 1957. He established a successful program at Baker Junior High that produced a number of talented track and field athletes. In 1965, Coach Watson moved to Lincoln High School. He built one of the most successful track and field programs in the history of Washington State. Under his guidance, the Lincoln High School Track and Field team won numerous league and district championships. Lincoln also won six state championships under Coach Watson. During his career, Coach Watson developed many individual league, district and state placers, some of whom set records on each level. Under his leadership as the head coach, Lincoln had many outstanding individual state champions, including Keith Tinner and Tim Braggs. Some of his successful athletes, such as Sam Ring and Pat Tyson, also entered the coaching profession and had standout careers which serves as a testament of the type of positive influence Coach Watson had on his athletes. The tradition of coaching excellence that he started can be found in the careers of those former athletes.