Watkins Joins Football Staff As Assistant Coach

February 17, 2012
By ODU Athletics
ODU Sports

Feb. 17, 2012

NORFOLK, Va. -- Old Dominion head football coach Bobby Wilder has announced the addition of Bradley Watkins as an assistant coach to the Monarch coaching staff overseeing ODU's running backs.

"I am very excited with the addition of Brad Watkins as a full-time member of our staff. He has been a dedicated volunteer for the past two football seasons," said Wilder of newest member of the Monarch coaching staff. "Brad exemplifies what we are trying to accomplish as a program here at Old Dominion University."

Watkins began his career as a student assistant with his alma mater, Ohio Northern University in Ada, Ohio in 2006 helping to coach the defensive line.

In 2007, Watkins then came to the Hampton Roads area to become an assistant coach at Hampton High School serving as the JV Defensive Coordinator and overseeing the inside linebackers and running backs. Watkins also assisted the Crabbers summer strength and conditioning programs as well.

During the last two seasons, Watkins has volunteered with the Monarch football program as Old Dominion compiled a 8-3 mark in 2010 and a 10-3 overall record, second place finish in the Colonial Athletic Association, a top-10 ranking, and second round playoff appearance in 2011.

Watkins has coached at various summer camps and clinics over the last several years including the Old Dominion, Virginia, and Maryland Summer Camps, as well as Lauren's First and Goal, a summer camp which has raised more than $1 million toward its mission to provide financial support for brain tumor research and cancer services.

Graduating from Ohio Northern University in 2007 with a B.S. in physical education, Watkins was a four-year letterwinner for the Polar Bears starting in 39 of his 40 appearances. Most recently he obtained his Master's degree in education from Old Dominion in 2011. He has also served as an educator in the Newport News and Hampton school districts.