Prior to coming to Maryland, Watten was head of the Wildcat program for eight years. Watten established Bethune-Cookman as a softball power, registering 322 wins and five consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championships while beating the likes of Tennessee, Kentucky and Florida.
In a spectacular 2005 season, Watten and Bethune-Cookman received an at-large bid to the NCAA regional and beat Florida and USF to win the Gainesville Regional championship. She went on to lead the Wildcats to the first-ever NCAA Super Regional Tournament appearance for any HBCU and was named the 2005 NFCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year winner. She was hired to lead to take over the Terrapin program later that summer.
Jackson played her freshman, sophomore and junior seasons for
Watten at Bethune-Cookman. She helped guided the Lady Wildcats to three
straight NCAA Regional appearances, including the 2005 Regional
Championship squad that faced Texas in the Super-Regionals. She was
named MEAC Player of the Year in all three of her seasons at
Bethune-Cookman and also earned All-American honors. She left B-CU as
leader in virtually every offensive category. Upon her graduation, she
transferred to Maryland for graduate school with one year of eligibility
left and played for Watten in 2007. Jackson returned to College Park as
an assistant coach for Watten in the summer of 2011.
There was an induction dinner Friday night. The class of 12 was also honored at the Hall of Fame football game Saturday.The Hall of Fame includes former student-athletes, coaches, university administrators as well as special contributors, who have enriched the legacy of the institution through intercollegiate athletics. The honorees were selected by an 11-person committee made up from a cross-section of campus constituencies, alumni and boosters. For more on the induction, log on to BCUathletics.com.
Watten and Jackson with B-CU Associate Athletics Director, Tony O'Neal.