An outstanding player, coach, administrator and supporter, Watts has been dedicated to the sport and its growth throughout his life. Watts earned All-America honors as a defenseman at Johns Hopkins and played in the 1956 USILA North-South game. Following college, he remained an active player on the Mt. Washington Club team. He was a coach at the high school, collegiate and club level, enjoying his greatest success at UMBC, where he coached from 1971 to 1993. He led the Retrievers to the 1980 NCAA Division II championship when he was named the USILA’s Coach of the Year.
Watts was a member of the US Lacrosse Foundation Board of Directors from 1977 to 1980 and again from 1984 to 1986. He served as USILA President from 1974-76 and was a member of the organization’s Executive Board from 1967 to 1994. He was the first president of the US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter and also chaired the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committee from 1981 to 1986. Watts has been inducted into the UMBC Athletic and US Lacrosse Greater Baltimore Chapter halls of fame. He was inducted as a truly great contributor.