TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – Alabama head football coach Nick Saban announced the addition of Todd Watson to the Alabama football staff on Tuesday as the special assistant to the head coach.


Watson joins the Alabama staff after three seasons at the University of Tennessee where he spent two of those years as the Director of Football Operations and his final season as the Director of Football Programming.


At Alabama, Watson will assist the head coach with a myriad of responsibilities, including high school relations, offensive and special teams game preparations and breakdowns while also assisting with camps and clinics.


“Todd has a long history as a successful high school coach in Alabama and more recently in the college game on the operations side,” Saban said. “We are excited to add his knowledge and experience to our staff. Todd has always been someone we have had the upmost respect for as a person and a coach.”


Prior to his time in Knoxville, Watson served as the Director of Operations and High School Relations at Troy from 2015-17. The Trojans combined to go 20-5 over his final two seasons and shared the Sun Belt Championship with Appalachian State in 2017.


Watson was one of the most successful high school coaches in Alabama before joining the staff at Troy. He posted a record of 80-36 in 10 seasons as the head coach at Foley High School, where he coached former Alabama standout and Atlanta Falcons’ All-Pro Julio Jones along with future NFL players such as Robert Lester and D.J. Fluker.


“It is an honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to work for the most-storied program in college football history,” Watson said. “My family and I are excited to be back in the great state of Alabama and look forward to being on Coach Saban’s staff.”


Watson is a 1993 graduate of the University of Mobile. He and his wife, Christie, have two daughters LeighAshton and Micah, and a son-in-law, Seth Nuss.


While appropriate members of The Board of Trustees have been notified of the proposed terms and conditions of this proposed appointment, the financial terms remain subject to approval by The Board of Trustees.