Hoosiers Name Watkins Volunteer Assistant Coach
Aug. 3, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana baseball head coach Tracy Smith has announced that Sheldon Watkins will be the team's volunteer assistant coach for the 2007-08 season. Watkins has been coaching for the last four years in San Diego at the high school level.
"Sheldon brings with him years of strong experience in a good baseball area in Southern California," Smith said. "He and his wife, Chelsey, are excited about coming to Bloomington. He is a quality person, and we're looking forward to him becoming a part of our staff."
Watkins joins the Hoosiers after spending the last three years as the assistant head coach at Mira Mesa High School. There, he served as the third base coach, infield coach and hitting coach, as he helped Mira Mesa win the 2006 Eastern League Championship and advance to the 2006 California Interscholastic Federation quarterfinals. In addition to his work with young student-athletes on the field, Watkins also worked with them in the classroom, serving as a substitute teacher in the San Diego City Schools.
Prior to joining Mira Mesa, Watkins served as an assistant coach in the Tecolote Pony League during the spring and summer of 2004. He also was an assistant coach at Lutheran High School in San Diego in the spring of 2003. Additionally, Watkins has worked with the San Diego County Senior Showcase, the Tecolote Baseball Academy and served as the head coach for the San Diego Owls travel squad.
Prior to joining the coaching ranks, Watkins played a year of collegiate baseball for the University of LaVerne in California, and also played fall ball for Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego. Watkins graduated from Point Loma in 2004 with a bachelor's degree in sociology.
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