5 things to know about Todd Watson, special assistant to Alabama football coach Nick Saban

Sam Thornton
The Tuscaloosa News

Alabama football announced the hiring of Todd Watson to serve as the special assistant to head coach Nick Saban on Tuesday. Watson, who was hired in February, will assist Saban with various duties, including overseeing high school relations, breaking down offensive and special team schemes and contributing to camps and clinics run by the program. 

Here are five things to know about the new special assistant: 

Previous stop: Knoxville

Watson was apart of the Tennessee football staff for three seasons from 2018-2020. During his first two seasons with the Volunteers, Watson served as the director of football operations. Watson was the teams director of football programming during his final season, when the Volunteers won the 2019 Gator Bowl. 

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Sun Belt dominance 

Watson was director of football operations and high school relations for Troy University from 2015-2017. During Watson's three-year tenure, the Trojans had an overall record of 20-5 and shared a Sun Belt championship with Appalachian State in 2017. 

Legend of Foley High School

Watson is known as a successful high school football coach in Alabama. He was head coach at Foley High School for 10 seasons and led the program to an overall record of 80-36. During his time at Foley, Watson coached former Alabama and current Atlanta Falcons All-Pro receiver Julio Jones

Contributions to Hoover 

From 2000-2004, Watson was defensive coordinator for powerhouse program Hoover High School. The Buccaneers had an overall record of 70-4 during that time and won four state titles. 

Alabama native 

Watson is a native of Mobile. In 1993, Watson graduated from the University of Mobile with a bachelors degree in health and physical education. Watson says that he and his family are excited to be back in the state after three years in Knoxville. 

Todd Watson named as new Alabama Special Assistant to Head Coach

Saban praised Watson's football experience during the announcement of the hiring.

"We are excited to add his knowledge and experience to our staff. Todd has always been someone we have had the upmost respect for as a person and coach," said Saban.