Indiana Athletics Mourns the Passing of Lou Watson
May 25, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Former Indiana University player and coach Lou Watson passed away, May 24 in Fairfax, Virginia. He was 88.
The Jeffersonville, Indiana native won basketball letters in 1947, 1948, 1949 and 1950 and won baseball letters in 1949 and 1950. He played on IU's only regular season Big Ten Championship baseball team in 1948. He was IU's Most Valuable Player in basketball in 1949 and 1950 and was named first team All-Big Ten in 1950 and All-American in 1950. He was Indiana's all-time scoring leader at end of career. Watson later coached freshmen at Indiana in 1951, 1952, 1956 and 1957 and moved to varsity in 1958. Watson became head coach from 1966-71, guiding the Hoosiers to a Big Ten co-championship in 1967. He became special assistant to the Athletic Director in 1971 and Associate Director of Athletics in 1976 before retiring in 1987.
He was inducted into the IU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989.
Men's basketball Coach Tom Crean on Lou Watson
Vice President/Director of Athletics Fred Glass on Lou Watson
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