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Ron Watson, BA'61, MSc'64, PhD'73

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2010 'W' Club Hall of Fame Inductees

Ron ‘Whipper’ Watson spent two-thirds of his life on Western’s campus.

Having completed numerous degrees (BA ’61, BPE ’62, MSc ’64, PhD ’73) elsewhere, Watson chose to settle at Western in 1965. He coached Mustang hockey for 20 years and to this day continues to teach a sport law course in the Department of Kinesiology.

“Western has allowed me and my family to have the most wonderful life - both professionally and personally,” Watson says.

During Watson’s 20 years (1965-85) at the helm, Western posted a 200-93-32 record and made five trips to the OUA Queen’s Cup. In 1972-73, Watson was runner-up for CIAU Coach of the Year and, off the ice, was a founding member of the Canadian Hockey Coaches Association in 1969.

Watson took on several administrative roles for the Mustang program including serving as coordinator of intercollegiate athletics (1986-88), acting chair of intercollegiate athletics (1988-89), associate dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology (1989-97) and director of the School of Kinesiology (1997-2001).

Watson’s future goal is to write the history of Mustang hockey, from 1946-65. He says he may one day write a reflective book about his life and how he grew up loving a sport and was able to make it a lifelong passion.


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