Kelley Watson enters her third season as an assistant cross country coach and fifth as the Boise State track and field women's sprints and hurdles coach, while she also serves as the operations assistant for the team.
Watson has helped guide the 2011 and 2012 women's cross country teams to third-place finishes as well as fourth-place finishes for the men in 2011 and 2012. During the 2010 cross country season, Watson helped guide the men to the WAC conference title, while also aiding the women in a fourth-place finish.
During the 2012 track and field season she coached Destiny Gammage, Taryn Campos, Racquel Jones and Cyntrail Pierce to All-MW Second-Team honors in the 4x100m relay. The same quartet clocked two of the top-three fastest 4x100m relay times in school history, while Gammage and Jones each hold top-three times in the 100m. Jones also recorded a top-three time in the 60m during the 2012 indoor season.
In 2011 Watson coached the women's 4x400m relay team to second at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Championships, producing a school record along the way. She also guided Cyntrail Pierce and Alexi Morton to All-WAC Second-Team honors indoors. Outdoors Raquel Jones picked up a first-team and second-team honor under Watson, while her 4x100m relay earned second-team honors.
Watson's most successful season to date was in 2010 when three student-athletes (Monisha Davis, Marjani Maldonado and Megan Olivetti) qualified for the 2010 NCAA First Round in the 100m hurdles. Maldonado also garnered a third-place finish at the WAC Championships in the 100m hurdles claiming the second spot on the Boise State all-time top-three outdoor performers list (13.70). Davis earned a fourth-place finish at the WAC Championships, running the third-best time on the all-time top-three performers list (13.87) at Boise State. Watson also coached Megan Olivetti (100m hurdles), Emily Funkhouser (400m hurdles) to All-WAC Second-Team honors in the hurdles.
In the sprints, Watson's 2010 athletes, Paige Olivetti (400m), Gammage (200m indoors) and the 4x100m relay team (Eleni Kafourou, Raquel Jones, Taryn Campos, Gammage) earned All-WAC Second-Team honors. Overall Watson's hurdlers and sprinters garnered one All-WAC First-Team honor and six All-WAC Second-Team honors in 2010.
Prior to Boise State, Watson had a successful three years coaching at the high school level. The pinnacle point in her high school coaching career was when she was named head track and field coach at Castlemont High School in Oakland, Calif.
In one year at Castlemont, Watson increased participation numbers from just six to 24. She also coached the school's first state qualifying high jumper since the school was condensed.
From the fall of 2005 to spring 2007, Watson coached both track and cheerleading at North Miami Senior High in North Miami, Fla. During her tenure there, she coached throws, high jump and hurdles on the boys' track and field team. Watson led North Miami's first field event state qualifier in over a decade and coached the district championship 4x800 meter relay team.
Along with coaching, Watson spent three years teaching high school biology for the Oakland Unified School District and Dade County Public Schools. While in Oakland she was responsible for mentoring 18 high school students. In Florida, she worked to develop and teach annual biology coursework for mainstream as well as special education students.
Watson graduated from Cal State Northridge in May 2005 with a bachelor's degree in Biology.
As a student-athlete, Watson earned All-Big Sky honors in 1998-99 while competing for Northridge. In 1998 she qualified for the junior national meet in the 100m and 400m hurdles, while also winning the 100m and 300m hurdles titles at the Central Coast Sectionals.