SCOTT WATTERS was recruited from the South Fremantle Football Club ( West Australian Football League ), by the West Coast Eagles in 1989. Watters had won the Best and fairest Player Award at South Fremantle in 1987 after earlier being part of Western Australia’s First Teal Cup winning side in 1985. He played 46 Games, kicking 13 Goals for the Eagles from 1989 to 1992, having been part of the losing Eagles Grand Final side of 1991. Watters was unlucky to incur a late season injury in 1992 which prevented him from taking his place in the Eagles First Premiership winning team.
Scott Watters was drafted to the Sydney Swans for the 1993 Season as part of the deal that secured West Coast the No. 1 Draft Pick, Drew Banfield. Watters enjoyed the lower profile that players had in Sydney, and aided by an injury-free season, played many games which were equal to the best football of his career. He played 37 Games, kicking 11 Goals for the Swans during the 1993-1994 Seasons and was runner-up in the Sydney Best and Fairest Player Award for the 1993 Season.
Watters was enticed home to Western Australia with appointment as the inaugural Club Vice Captain at the Frementle Dockers for the 1995 Season. He played 26 Games, kicking 6 Goals for the Dockers until a number of injuries caused him to announce his retirement as an AFL player at the completion of the 1996 Season. Watters then chose to play for the South Fremantle Football Club in the W.A.F.L until the 1998 Season. Scott Watters had good pace, being quick off the mark, was very elusive in avoiding tackles from opposition players and wrong-footing them, as well as being a slick and accurate disposer of the ball with either hand or foot, on both sides of his body. He was also a surprisingly strong and safe overhead mark of the ball for his smaller stature.
Post his Australian Football playing career, Watters began cutting his teeth as a Radio Commentator with Perth Station 6PR and worked for Melbourne Sports Radio Station SEN. He first ventured into the Coaching ranks when he was appointed Coach of the Subiaco Colts Team for Season 2006. He immediately displayed the knowledge and passion that convinced the Subiaco Football Club to offer him the Senior Coaches role for Season 2007. Watters piloted Subiaco to Grand Final victories in his first 2 years of 2007 and 2008, before failing to win a treble with the Club, with a loss in the 2009 Grand Final. His status as a potential Senior Coach at AFL level was strongly enhanced with his achievement of a 78% win/loss record whilst in the Subiaco Senior Coaching role.
The Collingwood Magpies secured Watters as an Assistant Coach for the 2010 and 2011 Seasons, where he was primarily responsible for the development of their defensive lines and game strategies. Premiership success for the Magpies in 2010 and Grand Final runners-up for the 2011 Season, appeared to put the finishing touches on Scott Watters preparation for selection as an AFL Senior Club Coach. Departing Magpies Senior Coach, Michael Malthouse, had expressed the strengths of Watters coaching abilities in a number of interviews during his last 2 Seasons at the Magpies.
On 15 October 2011 , the St Kilda Saints Football Club confirmed Scott Watters as their appointment to their Senior Coaches Role, having won the job in a close contest against ex Geelong/Fitzroy player, Ken Hinkley. The St Kilda vacancy was created by the defection of existing contracted Senior Coach Ross Lyon to the Fremantle Dockers, after their sacking of Mark Harvey.
Scott Watters seems to have inherited one of the toughest Coaching Roles for the upcoming 2012 AFL Season, with the Saints playing list , as a whole, appearing to be on the wane. There would need to be significant improvement across the Current Squad , should the Saints be considered to be certain of 2012 finals action. Watters has a proven track record of success, and his special qualities will surely need to be utilized to the limit.
UPDATE– 1/11/2013 – Scott Watters has today been sacked as the Senior Coach of the St. Kilda Saints Football Club.
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