Assistant Coach (defensive coordinator)
Bert Watts, most recently a coaching assistant with the Denver Broncos, enters his third year as UC Davis' defensive coordinator under Aggie head football coach Ron Gould. His first season overseeing the UC Davis defense resulted in four of his players earning postseason recognition from the Big Sky Conference while it added two more in 2014.
In 2012, defensive Nick King was a second-team pick after amassing eight sacks, cornerback Jonathan Perkins had four pass breakups on his way to third-team accolades, linebacker Steven Pitts earned honorable mention after tallying 74 tackles and 11.5 TFL's, and cornerback Shamawn Wright was selected honorable mention after leading the team with 9 PBUs.
Pitts returned to the All-Big Sky honorable mention squad last year and was joined by safety Charles Boyett.
Watts joined the UC Davis staff after also gaining coaching experience at the collegiate level and oversees. Watts spent 2012 with the Broncos who went on to earn the top seed in the AFC playoffs. Prior to that, he spent two seasons at the University of Colorado as the Buffaloes' defensive technical intern.
Watts, who also coached two years of high school in Florida, was the defensive coordinator for the professional Raiffeisen Vikings in Austria in 2007. He moved into coaching after playing for Cal where he led the Bears with 80 tackles as a senior in 2002, highlighting his year with a career-best 15 tackles at USC.
Watts went on to earn the team's Joe Roth Award for courage, attitude and sportsmanship. Following his playing career, he served as the Bears' defensive graduate assistant for two seasons, working on the coaching staff alongside Gould when Cal went to the 2004 Holiday Bowl and finished 10-2.
Watts earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Cal. He is the third member of his family to be affiliated with UC Davis Athletics. His brother, Tom, was a safety for the Aggies from 1998-2001 while his brother, Rich, is enshrined in the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame after an All-America baseball career from 1993-94.
He and his college sweetheart, Lyndsay Graubard, were married in 2011.