Dan Watson Introduced as Walleye Head Coach


Nine days after Derek Lalonde was introduced as Head Coach of the Iowa Wild, the Toledo Walleye welcomed Dan Watson as the third head coach in team history.

Watson is no stranger to the Walleye. The new coach has served on the coaching staff since 2009. He interviewed for the opportunity of head coach two years ago, but lost out to eventual head coach Derek Lalonde. He wouldn't miss on his second chance.

Watson once strapped on the skates for T-Town hockey before. He was a defenseman for the Toledo Storm during the 2006-07 season. It was the final season for the team.

In 2009, his former head coach Nick Vitucci gave him the opportunity to coach in Toledo. In 2014, Vitucci departed before the conclusion of the season, and it was Watson filling in to finish the season 5-13-3 over 21 games.

It was also on June 20 that his third child and first son, Max, was born. Watson played seven professional seasons in the AHL, UHL, and ECHL.

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