Feb. 4, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Bert Watts, most recently a coaching assistant with the Denver Broncos, has been named UC Davis' defensive coordinator, it's been announced by Aggie head football coach Ron Gould.
Watts joins the UC Davis staff after also gaining coaching experience at the collegiate level and oversees.
Watts spent this past season 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.
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