Enid Public Schools administration has selected Lyndsay Watts as Assistant Athletic Director. The position was approved at the April regular meeting for the Board of Education.
Watts is currently the Head Coach of the boys’ and girls’ swim teams. She is the Individual Career and Academic Plan Coordinator (ICAP) as well as a Special Education Teacher at Enid High School.
EPS Athletic Director, Billy Tipps, selected Watts out of several qualified candidates based on her knowledge, background, and passion in making a program successful.
“We are so excited to welcome Coach Watts to our athletic department team,” said Tipps. “She has a contagious energy about her, and will develop great relationships with EPS student athletes, staff, parents, and community. Her experience as a coach and student-athlete brings a new element to our team that will help us in our mission to give our student-athletes and coaches the best opportunities to compete in athletics and in life.”
Watts began her career in 2009 as a reading teacher, followed by special education teacher, at Emerson Middle School. In 2014, she left EMS to start the swimming program at St. Gregory’s University. She moved back to Enid and to EHS in 2015 as a Special Education Teacher, Head Swim Coach, and later the ICAP Coordinator. She holds certifications in special education mild-moderate disabilities and elementary education.
Watts received her bachelor’s degree in liberal arts with an emphasis in human development from California Baptist University and a master of education from Cambridge College.
Under Watts’ leadership the EHS swim teams have had four State Champions, three swimmers named to the All-State team, 20 State Championship medals, and, this year alone, 49% of the swimmers qualify for the state meet. She was instrumental in developing the program to be competitive with 6A schools and has played a role in recruiting and retaining students on the teams.
“I am thrilled to have been entrusted with the task of assisting Enid Athletics, Enid High School, and Enid Public Schools in meeting the needs of our students,” said Watts. “Our mission, Education Through Athletics, is a passion of mine. Honestly, it’s why I got into coaching in the first place. I’m so excited for the opportunity to share that passion on a larger scale as the new Assistant Athletic Director.”
Watts will take on her new position’s duties on July 11.
Watts is active in the Enid community with roles as a Community HOPE Navigator, Aquatic Club of Enid board member, and a Cub Scout Leader. She has two sons attending Prairie View Elementary, Corbin and Parker, and her husband, Gabe, is the EHS Works coordinator.
Watts succeeds Donna Bunch as the assistant athletic director.
The girls’ and boys’ head varsity swim coach position in posted at enidpublicschools.org/applytoday. Applicants can call the EPS athletics department for any questions at 580.366.8350.