Watson Named Soccer Coach

Virginia Military Institute’s athletic department announced on Monday of last week that Max Watson was promoted to head men’s soccer coach. Watson joined the staff last season and served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator for the program.

Watson, a New York City native, came to VMI from Mountain View High School in Stafford where he was the head boys’ Soccer Coach for the spring of 2019. During his tenure, Mountain View posted a 17-4-1 record including a Commonwealth District Championship and a trip to the state tournament. He was awarded both the Commonwealth District Coach of the Year and Region 5D coach of the year by his peers. During this time, Watson also continued his endeavors with Stafford Soccer Club through both on-field coaching and office duties.

Prior to Mountain View, Watson was an assistant coach for the University of Mary Washington men’s soccer program for a three-year stint (2015-2018). Active in all aspects of the program at UMW, including recruitment, coordinating training sessions, and game day instruction, he helped guide the Eagles to a 41-15-3 overall record highlighted by a Capital Athletic Conference Championship and NCAA Tournament appearance in 2017.

While at UMW, Watson worked for both Stafford Soccer Club and Fredericksburg Football Club, where his teams won the 2017 EDP Cup Championship, as well as the 2016 U.S. Club Soccer National Championship. He also was the co-head coach at Riverbend High School, managing the Bears to a 23-9-2 record over two seasons (2017-2018). As a player, Watson was a four-year stand

As a player, Watson was a four-year standout midfielder at Franklin & Marshall College from 2011-2014, leading the Diplomats to three Centennial Conference playoff appearances, two NCAA Tournament bids, and a 55-17-8 record during his career. He appeared in 71 contests and recorded nine points on two goals and five assists while playing a vital role as a holding midfielder.

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