Campus News

Celebration to Honor Retiring Athletic Director

Story posted May 15, 1998

May 13, 1998 Brunswick, Maine -- A retirement celebration honoring Sidney J. Watson, Bowdoin College's athletic director and former men's hockey coach, will be held on Thursday, May 28, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Smith Union on the Bowdoin campus.

The celebration will include a reception, dinner and roast. Cost is $50 per person. Send a check with name, address, and daytime phone to Friends of Sidney J. Watson, c/o Department of Athletics, 9000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Watson, a native of Andover, Mass., starred at hockey and football at Northeastern University before playing four years of pro football with the Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins. He came to Bowdoin in 1958 as hockey coach, a position he held until 1983.

Under Watson's tenure, Bowdoin's hockey teams won four ECAC Division II championships. Watson was three-time winner of the Edward Jeremiah Memorial Trophy as national college division coach of the year (1970, 1971, 1978), the 1996 UPI Eastern Small College Coach of the Year, and a two-time winner of the Clark Hodder Award as New England Coach of the Year. In 1983, Watson retired as hockey coach and a year later was named athletic director. He is a member of the Northeastern University, Maine and Andover halls of fame.

For more information on the celebration, call Lynn Ensign at (207) 725-3257.

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