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Shawn Watson
Title Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks Coach
College Nebraska
Sport College football
Conference Big 12
Born September 21, 1959 (1959-09-21) (age 50)
Place of birth Carbondale, Illinois
Annual salary $375,000[1]
Career highlights
Overall 11-22-0
Coaching stats
College Football DataWarehouse
Playing career
Southern Illinois
Position Free safety
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Southern Illinois (GA)
Illinois (GA)
Illinois (TE/OT)
Illinois (WR)
Miami OH (TE)
Miami OH (WR)
Miami OH (QB/RC)
Southern Illinois
Northwestern (QB)
Colorado (QB)
Colorado (OC/QB)
Nebraska (TE/RC)
Nebraska (OC/QB)

Shawn Watson is the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach for the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers football team.




Early life

Shawn Watson was born in Carbondale, IL on September 21, 1959, and graduated from Carterville High School in Carterville, Illinois.

Coaching career

Watson began his football coaching career as a graduate assistant in 1982 at Southern Illinois; the same school where he had completed his playing career.

His first full time position was at Illinois, where he started as a graduate assistant for two years beginning in 1983 before promotions to Offensive Tackles Coach, Tight Ends Coach and Wide Receivers Coach by 1986. Illinois participated in two bowl games during Watson's time there, including the Rose Bowl following the 1983 season.

Beginning in 1987, Watson coached in various positions at Miami (OH) University across seven years, starting as Wide Receivers Coach, and moving through positions as Tight Ends Coach, Wide Receivers Coach and completing his career at Miami in 1993 as Quarterbacks Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.

In 1994, Watson obtained his first appointment as Head Coach when he was hired to take control of the program where he started his playing and coaching careers; Southern Illinois. SIU had gone 15-29 in the four years prior to Watson's arrival, and his first year was a rough start to his head coaching career as SIU finished 1-10. SIU finished the next two seasons with repeat 5-6 records before Watson moved on, finishing with an overall head coaching record to date of 11-22. During Watson's three year tenure at SIU he produced 20 all-conference players and an NFL-drafted Tight End in Damon Jones.

In 1997, Watson was hired by Head Coach Gary Barnett at Northwestern University as Quarterbacks Coach. When Barnett was later hired as Head Coach by the University of Colorado in 1999, Watson also followed and continued for a year as Quarterbacks Coach. In 2000, Watson was promoted to Offensive Coordinator at Colorado while maintaining his role with the quarterbacks, and remained in that role until Barnett's firing at the conclusion of the 2005 season.

In 2006, Head Coach Bill Callahan hired Watson to the position of Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator at the University of Nebraska, and he was subsequently promoted the following year to the same position he had held at Colorado; Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks Coach. When Callahan was fired at the conclusion of the 2007 season, Watson was one of two members of Callahan's staff that were retained under new Nebraska Head Coach Bo Pelini.

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl Coaches# AP°
Southern Illinois Salukis (Gateway Football Conference) (1994–1996)
1994 Southern Illinois 1-10 1-10
1995 Southern Illinois 5-6 5-6
1996 Southern Illinois 5-6 5-6
Southern Illinois: 11-22
Total: 11-22
      National Championship         Conference Title         Conference Division Title
#Rankings from final Coaches Poll.


  1. ^ [h Pelini's assistants get pay hike too]


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