Rashad Watson is in his fourth season as an assistant coach at Missouri Southern and will be in his second season as the defensive coordinator. Watson is responsible for running the defense at Southern and has also been involved in all facets of recruiting, previously serving as the recruiting coordinator, as well.
In 2014, Watson directed a defense that saw three Lions named All-MIAA on the defensive side of the ball. Johnquavious McBride was a third-team pick. McBride finished second in the MIAA in fumble recoveries, while also finishing fifth in the league in interceptions and sixth in passes defended. Also joining McBride on the All-MIAA team from the defense was Gaige Washington and Dalvin Taylor.
Prior to the season even starting, Watson was selected to a prestigious position as he was selected for the Bill Walsh NFL Minority Fellowship Coaching position. Watson spent training camp with the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs, helping to coach the linebackers and secondary, while also assisting with special teams.
In 2015, Watson followed up that experience by being selected to participate in the NFL and NCAA Coaching Academy. At this camp, Watson was involved in sessions that included athletic operation and budget management, college recruiting and NFL scouting, media training, offensive and defensive strategies, as well as contract negotiations.
The 2013 MSSU defense ranked second in the MIAA in total defense, allowing just 326 yards per game and the team ranked fifth in scoring defense, allowing just 23.3 points per game. The 233 total points allowed was third-lowest in the league. Elijah Swen ranked second in the MIAA in passes defended with 1.2 per game.
He came to Southern after serving two seasons coaching the defense at Benedict College. While at Benedict, the secondary at Benedict led all of Division II in interceptions at the end of the regular season. Free safety Marquez Gibson led the team with six while being selected first-team All-Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
Previously, Watson came to Benedict by way of Nicholls State University. He coached the defensive backs at Nicholls having two players selected to the All-Conference Teams. He also held the positions of NFL liaison, making way for Antonio Robinson's free agent selection and Robinson later earned a Super Bowl ring while be a part of the Green Bay Packers.
Watson spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons with Morehouse College, specializing with the secondary and assisting with special teams. During his time there, his unit produced the SIAC's 2008 Defensive Player of the Year, Jeffrey Cargile, and three All-Conference selections.
Prior to his stint with Morehouse College, Watson spent five years coaching on the prep level in Alabama. He spent 2004-05 with Anniston High, coaching both the offensive and defensive backfields, and then moved on to Midfield High where he served as the school's defensive coordinator. Watson held that post until 2007.
Watson played on the collegiate level at Alabama A&M from 1997-2001, and was a four-year letter winner, earning a starting role as a redshirt freshman. The Bulldogs' 2000 defensive unit put together one of the best season's in school history, finishing eighth nationally in total defense. The 2000 unit still holds the NCAA record for least amount of rushing yards allowed in a season (39.7 yards/game).
Watson is married to the former Katrina Woods of Greensboro, Ala. The couple have two sons, Amari and Aiden.