The New Jersey Colonials are proud to announce Chase Watson as our Boys Tier I 18U Midget Head Coach and 16U Midget Assistant Coach.
“Chase is an excellent addition to the Colonials family.” states Hockey Director Bill McCreary. “He is a true professional, a fantastic leader and was a great teammate at Providence College. His knowledge and experience in the game will be a tremendous asset to the Colonials organization and the players within it.”
Chase Watson grew up playing youth hockey in the Delaware Valley for the Springfield Quakers, Valley Forge Colonials, Malvern Prep Friars, and the Philadelphia Little Flyers. At 16 years old, he was drafted by the Rochester Mustangs (USHL) and the Sarnia Sting (OHL). He played four seasons in the USHL between the Rochester Mustangs and Cedar Rapids RoughRiders. After his stint in the USHL, Chase earned a scholarship to Providence College where he graduated with a degree in Business Management, while playing four years of Division I Ice Hockey. While at Providence College, he was named to the Hockey East All-Academic team.
Coach Watson went on to play five years of professional hockey, mainly in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). He was invited to the Philadelphia Flyers training camp in 2008.
Coach Watson has coached camps and clinics on and off ice for over ten years. He has conducted private and group hockey lessons in the Philadelphia area and coached varsity high school, 16U, 18U, and spring teams in the Delaware Valley. His coaching philosophy centers around player development on and off the ice, and he is a firm believer that winning is a by product of discipline, athletic development and becoming a stronger team day-by-day.
Chase is the son of Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame inductee, Jim Watson.
Please welcome Chase to the Colonials family!