Rodney Watson announces retirement as USI men’s basketball head coach


EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) Rodney Watson is stepping down at USI. The Screaming Eagles all-time winningest head coach has announced he is retiring.

Watson won 251 games over 11 years at USI. He led the program to 7 NCAA DII appearances and 2 GLVC championships.

Watson says, “”I had a couple of important goals, and one was to be part of a national championship team, which that didn’t come to fruition. The other was, I wanted to leave this program as in good of shape as when I found it. What I am really excited about it is, who we have coming back, and I love these guys. And our next coach is going to have a great group to work with, and that was important to me, to hand that off no matter when it was. Whether it was this year or 10 years from now, that had to happen.”

USI athletic director Jon Mark Hall says the search to find Watson’s replacement will begin immediately.

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(This story was originally published on March 23, 2020)

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