Cross country hires new assistant

Following an unprecedented summer of coaching hires, Temple’s track & field and cross country program has hired one more fresh face to its revamped staff in Grand Valley State University graduate Aaron Watson.

In what was an impending move for weeks, Watson has joined the staff as an assistant to distance coach James Snyder, it was announced via athletic communications Tuesday.

Watson worked as a volunteer distance coach at Grand Valley State for the past three seasons, and oversaw a women’s team that took two cross country NCAA Division II championships in 2010 and 2012 as well as back-to-back NCAA indoor titles in 2011 and 2012.

Watson was a member of Grand Valley State’s track and cross country programs briefly in 2008-09 and did not run, redshirting in all three seasons.

Watson is a USA track & field Level I Certified coach and graduated from Grand Valley State with a bachelor’s degree in sport management in 2012.