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Peter Watson
Peter Watson

Ontario, Canada

Distance/Cross Country

West Virginia (2001)

Peter Watson is in his fourth season as the head cross country coach at Auburn. He also serves as an assistant coach with the track and field team.

It has not taken Watson long to leave a permanent stamp on Auburn's cross country and track programs. During his time on the Plains, he has coached track athletes to three school records, two freshmen school records, four Southeastern Conference titles and four All-American honors. Watson has coached numerous athletes to NCAA qualifying marks and to some of the fastest times in Auburn history.

The 2007 cross country season saw Watson guide Felix Kiboiywo to an individual title at the NCAA South Regional meet, the first in Auburn history, and advance to the NCAA Championships. Patrick Philbin also earned All-South Region honors, while Kiboiywo and Holly Knight were named to All-SEC teams.

During his tenure, Watson has brought on board many top-level recruits from around the world, including athletes from Kenya, Germany and England. One of his top recruits, Kiboiywo of Kenya, quickly put his name in the Auburn history books by recording freshman school records in the indoor mile and outdoors at 800m in 2007. Kiboiywo ran to the 1,500m title at the 2008 SEC Outdoor Championship and placed 13th in the 5,000m at the 2008 NCAA Outdoor Championships. Watson also guided Knight of Devon, England, to an eighth-place finish in the 5,000m at the NCAA Outdoor Championships to become the first Auburn woman to earn All-American status in the event. She did so by recording the second fastest time in school history with a mark of 16:11.46.

In his first year on the Plains in 2005, Watson coached Angela Homan to her third consecutive SEC championship in cross country in a career-best time of 19:40.00. Her accomplishments earned her the SEC Athlete of the Year award. In addition, Homan earned her third All-American honor. On the track, he guided Homan to All-American accolades indoors at 5,000m and outdoors at 10,000m. She also claimed the Auburn outdoor records at 5,000m and 10,000m. Homan was a SEC outdoor champ at 5,000m and 10,000m.

Watson also guided Andrew Heath to the Auburn school record at 10,000m and the second-fastest indoor 5,000m time, which also was an NCAA provisional qualifying mark. Heath also regionally qualified in the 3,000m steeplechase under Watson's guidance.

In addition to coaching and recruiting for the Tigers, Watson also serves as the meet director of Auburn's Tiger Invitational that is held every year at Indian Pines Golf Course. This meet attracts more than 30 teams from around the country and is regarded as one of the premier cross country meets in the South.

A 2001 graduate of West Virginia University with a bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, Watson was a four-year letterman on both the Mountaineer's track and cross country teams.

Watson is a native of London, Ontario, Canada. He was a member of the 2000 and 2001 Canadian National Track and Field Team and in 2001 earned a bronze medal in the 5,000m at the Canadian Track and Field Championships.

Watson is married to the former Kristin Schreiber. The couple resides in Auburn.

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