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Mark Watts
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  • Columbus, Ohio
  • United States
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Catholic Diocese of Columbus
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5th Grade Teacher
U8 Girls Soccer Coach
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Director of Strength & Conditioning - Denison University
Volunteer Strength & Conditioning Coach - The Ohio State University
Strength & Conditioning Consultant - Licking County Settlers Baseball
Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach - United States Military Academy
Strength & Conditioning Intern - University of Tulsa
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - Denison University
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach - Allegheny College
Asst. Strength & Conditioning Coach - Clarion University
MS in Exercise Science & Health Promotion - California University of PA
M.Ed in Elementary Education - Clarion University of PA
BS in Elementary Education - Clarion University of PA

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At 3:02pm on August 1, 2013, Karsten Jensen said…

Thank's for your message, Mark! I am looking forward to being a part of the team!

At 4:24pm on June 5, 2013, Curt Lamb said…


I saw the Denision job posting today....then I noticed your job description.  What is your new job?  Will you be at the Juniata Clinic in PA?

At 11:47am on March 5, 2013, Ted Cox said…

Coach Watts,

Are you having the strength and conditioning clinic like you did last year? Hope everything is going well for you at Denison!

At 7:58pm on May 20, 2012, Ted Cox said…

Hey Coach Watts,

It was nice to see you at the clinic Saturday. I've been organizing all of the slides I have from the strength clinics I've been to and I couldn't find any from the Mash Elite or The Spot Athletics presentation. Do you still have those and if you do could I get a copy of them?


At 10:58am on April 10, 2011, Reuben Green III said…
Thank you for the opportunity to come to the Denison Clinic yesterday. I enjoyed myself, learned a lot, and it opened me up to some thought and ideas.  Can't wait untill the next one. Have a great day.
At 9:07am on March 7, 2011, Brigid Hamill said…


It was great meeting you yesterday! Yes, I look forward to the conference in May! Keep in touch and keep up the great work!

At 1:23pm on January 19, 2011, Sergio Rojas said…


Thanks for the response. So how do you manage 36 interns? I don't have any help and I'm trying to get a GA or two if our department allows it. Any input would be great, because I'm on the same boat as you, trying to do all we can with the resources we have at the DIII level.


At 9:18pm on January 18, 2011, Sergio Rojas said…
Coach, how are things in Denison? I hear a lot about the school from our Head Womens Lacrosse Coach. How many teams do you work with? You have any assistants, ga's?
At 8:52am on September 17, 2010, Matthew R DeLancey said…
Thanks for the comment Mark! Hope you are doing well!
At 2:11am on July 12, 2009, Adrian Bazemore said…
Hey coach. I hope all is well. Again I do appreciate the info I got from you about 2 months. Thank you again!

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Just over a year ago, I wrote an article titled What is Really Wrong with Strength and Conditioning. The article received a lot of positive feedback, which I am grateful for.

The overall message of the article was simple in stating but a bit more complicated in explanation. In basic terms, no one has figured out how to objectively evaluate the strength…


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With no objective methods to evaluate strength & conditioning coaches and not many administrators qualified to do so; the profession is devalued from saturation and immeasurement.

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Bringing Westside to West Point

So, here I am living out of a car and sleeping on a couch, but coaching at the most historically significant institution of higher learning in the country. It was my dream job. My military background combined with the high quality character of these cadets made it a great situation for me. I knew what these young men and women are up against once they graduate and knew how to balance their military training with the athletic strength & conditioning due to my familiarity with the…


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Coaching and teaching are the two most important jobs in this country. No other profession allows mentors to hold young people accountable to others through their actions and behaviors. We need strong coaches that coach for the right reasons. You may not sell as many eBooks or get as many likes, but the impact you make will overshadow all external rewards.

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