Cole Watson, a Rogue River native, is the head coach for cross country at Rogue Community College.
A successful athlete, Coach Watson ran track and cross country at Rogue River High School where he captured seven state titles in multiple distances and a state cross country title. He earned the Nike Steve Prefontaine Award in 2010.
Coach Watson competed at the college level at the University of Oregon and was a member of the 2011 and 2012 Pac-12 conference championship teams. He was named Pac-12 Academic All Conference in every season he competed.
Coach Watson believes his role is to provide an environment that brings out the best in his team members, first as people, second as students, and third as athletes.
“We all start with a certain amount of predetermined ability, some more than others,” Coach Watson says. “What’s important is what we do with what we have been given. I can’t emphasize enough, the importance of consistent, relentless, and repetitive practice. “
Coach Watson is focused on assisting each individual to become a more fulfilled distance runner who is willing to collaborate with others to create the most efficient and successful team possible.
“By applying the latest scientific advances in endurance training, in combination with mentoring in self-belief, we will work smarter every day in order to turn our given abilities into greater capabilities,” he says, adding, “Running is a cumulative thing. It takes a great deal of time, patience, and persistence. In the end, if you hit your mark or not, it’s all about the journey and sacrifice it took to get there.”