BIRTHPLACE: Andover, Mass.
BORN: May 4, 1932
DIED: April 25, 2004
TEAMS/ASSOCIATIONS: Bowdoin College
A native of Andover, Mass., Sid Watson grew up loving to play hockey. he will be forever linked to Bowdoin College's legendary hockey program, which he oversaw for more than two decades and developed into a four-time ECAC champion. Watson's hockey teams qualified for the Division II playoffs 16 times and won ECAC Division II championships in 1971, '75, '76 and '78. Overall, he compiled a gaudy record of 326-210-11.
As a coach, Watson received numerous accolades. He was the recipient of the Eddie Jeremiah Memorial Trophy, recognizing the national Small College Coach of the year in 1970, 1971 and 1978; and in 1976 was named as the UPI's Eastern Small College Coach of the Year. In addition, in both 1969 and 1970, he was given the Clark Holder Award as New England's Coach of the Year; and in 1966 was named UPI's New England Coach of the Year. In 1983 he also won the Schaeffer Pen Award for outstanding contributions to New England hockey.
As an administrator, he served as Bowdoin's Athletic Director. He was also the chairman of the NCAA ice Hockey Rules and Tournament Committee for six years, and served as president, vice president, secretary, treasurer and a member of the board of governors of the American College Hockey Coaches Association. Watson also is a member of the Northeastern University, Maine and Andover, Massachusetts Halls of Fame.
Aside from being a very talented player himself, Watson was also a star National Football League halfback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, from 1955-57, and Washington Redskins in 1958. Over his four-year career in the NFL, Watson rushed for 516 yards and four touchdowns while adding 423 yards receiving and two catching touchdowns. In addition, he was a crafty punt and kick-off return man, even running back another six touchdowns.
Said fellow Hall of Famer Bill Cleary: "Sid has done so much for the sport of hockey, not only in coaching, but being very active in the AHCA and the NCAA Rules Committees. He has made tremendous contributions to the sport as a player, but more significantly as a college coach and administrator. He has developed so many young men as people as well as hockey players."