Jordan  Watson
Jordan Watson

Position:
Assistant Coach

Twitter Handle:
@coachjwat

02/09/2017

Siena Basketball Coaches Show (6 PM-Free Audio)

Roman Penn and Joella Gibson Will Join Program Tonight

02/09/2017

Siena Basketball Coaches Show (6 PM-Free Audio)

Roman Penn and Joella Gibson Will Join Program Tonight

12/22/2016

Siena Basketball Coaches Show (Free Archive)

Lavon Long Joined Program Thursday

02/11/2016

Siena Basketball Coaches Show (Free Archive)

Kinnon LaRose and Symone Kelly Were This Week's Player Guests

02/11/2016

Siena Basketball Coaches Show (Free Archive)

Kinnon LaRose and Symone Kelly Were This Week's Player Guests

01/28/2017

Men's Basketball vs. Iona (1/27/17)

Men's Basketball vs. Iona (1/27/17)

01/21/2017

Men's Basketball vs. Rider (1/17/17)

Men's Basketball vs. Rider (1/17/17)

01/14/2017

Men's Basketball vs. Quinnipiac (1/12/17)

Men's Basketball vs. Quinnipiac (1/12/17)

01/08/2017

Men's Basketball vs. Saint Peter's (1/7/17)

Men's Basketball vs. Saint Peter's (1/7/17)

10/04/2016

2016-17 Siena Basketball Picture Day

2016-17 Siena Basketball Picture Day

Jordan Watson enters his second season on Jimmy Patsos' staff. In his first year, Siena recorded the program's most wins in six years which culminated with a berth in the College Basketball Invitational.

"Jordan has a real mix of experience having worked in the NBA, community college level, and most recently in the Ivy League," head coach Jimmy Patsos said upon his hiring. "He has great recruiting ties and really understands and supports Siena's mission. He's a Cubs fan from the Midwest, so you know he's committed."

Siena went 21-13 in Watson's first season in 2015-16, which included a third place finish in the league with a 13-7 conference mark and a trip to the MAAC Semifinals. The Saints achieved a 10-win improvement from the previous year, which was tied for the 12th best nationally, and ranked 15th in the country in rebound margin (+7.8), 19th in offensive rebounding (13.4) and 24th in rebounds per game (40.1).

Brett Bisping was named a unanimous First Team All-MAAC and MAAC All-Tournament Team selection, Javion Ogunyemi earned Second Team accolades and was tabbed the program's first-ever MAAC Defensive Player of the Year, and Nico Clareth broke Siena's freshman scoring record en route to being named the MAAC Sixth Player of the Year and a MAAC All-Rookie Team honoree.

Watson spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach at Dartmouth. He helped the Big Green to their most victories in 15 years in 2013-14, and improved on that record in his final year. Dartmouth made its first postseason (CIT) in 56 years in 2014-15 and was the only team in the Ivy League to defeat both Yale and Harvard. Guard Miles Wright was the first Dartmouth player to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 11 seasons.

Watson was heavily involved in recruiting at Dartmouth, targeting the Midwest and Northeast and working closely with the admissions and financial aid offices. He was also in charge of game scheduling. During his recruitment in the Midwest, he helped sign Evan Boudreauz who went on to be Rookie of the Year in the Ivy League.

Watson worked as the director of basketball operations at Dartmouth from 2011-13, laying the foundation for the rejuvenation of the program under Paul Cormier.

Prior to Dartmouth, Watson was an assistant coach at Barton (Kan.) Community College for three years, the last of which he spent as the associate head coach. The 2009 Cougar squad went 28-5 under the league's Coach of the Year, Craig Fletchall, and was ranked as high as seventh in the NJCAA, a feat that has not been accomplished since. That team won its first Kansas Jayhawk West Conference Championship in seven years. During Watson's three years at Barton, the team had a record of 67-28. He assisted in the development of numerous division one players including the 2008-09 KJCCC MVP Nyika Williams.

A 2005 graduate of Augustana (Ill.) College, Watson began his collegiate career at the University of Evansville, where he led the Purple Aces and the Missouri Valley Conference in three-point shooting as a freshman. He then transferred to Augustana and played for two years before an injury cut short his senior season. He took the injury and turned it into an opportunity, serving as the Vikings student assistant, helping the coaches in practices and during games.

From Augustana, Watson went to Illinois State where he earned his master's degree in sports management and served as the volunteer graduate assistant for the Redbirds. While working on his degree the following year, he interned with the Memphis Grizzlies as a basketball operations assistant for head coach Mike Fratello. Watson was involved in the daily operations of the team, plus helped the coaching staff with scouting reports and assisted in individual workouts. He worked with players such as Pau Gasol, Mike Miller and Rudy Gay. He also assisted the director of player personnel, vice president of basketball operations (Jerry West), and the video coordinator.

During the summer of 2014, Watson led a team of 10 college players (including John Golden '15 and four other Ivy Leaguers) on a goodwill tour of Belgium, The Netherlands and England through the Global Sports Academy (GSA). He and the squad spent seven days playing against various club teams, and became the first team from the GSA to post a 7-0 record, while enjoying numerous sight-seeing opportunities in the three countries. He met Siena assistant Greg Manning through his association with GSA. Watson also led a team of 10 college players (including current Saints Brett Bisping and Evan Fisher) on a goodwill tour of Croatia in August 2016.