Miles Watters

Born: April 16, 1955 Clayton, New Mexico

High School : Clayton High School 1973

College: Lubbock Christian University 1977

 

 

 

 

High School

  • All-State Football and basketball
  • Played basketball for the well-respected Coach Wayne Moore

College

  • Four -year letterman in basketball
  • Senior year, led the team in scoring, rebounding, field goal and free throw percentage.
  • Received the school’s prestigious LD Hayes Award for the Outstanding Athlete of the Year.

ProfessionalMiles grew up in Clayton in a ranch. A multi-sport athlete in high school, however, it was  Basketball attracted him because of its constant changes, requiring him to always try to anticipate what was going to happen next.  He tried his hand at coaching soon after graduation and found that he liked it. As a coach, he tried to instill in his players the value of personal sacrifice and hard work, that each player and position had a specific role to play in the team’s success. He coached and taught for 36 years. He coached over 1000 games, which is the most in New Mexico girls’ basketball history. His record was 759-263.

  • High School Coaching 1978-2014   526-105 (New Mexico record)
  • 1978 Began coaching at Sudan High School (Texas), where he was the boys head basketball coach and assistant football coach.
  • 1980 Returned to Clayton High School to lead the girls’ basketball and track programs for 15 years. The basketball team won eleven state titles and the track team won seven state titles. His girls’ coaching basketball record was 373-57 with 13 district titles and 13 regional titles.
  • One year he was called to coach both the boys’ and girls’ teams, taking the boys to a third-place finish at State and the girls won the state title.
  • His 2004-05 Clayton team had a perfect 30-0 record.
  • Returned after coaching at Lubbock Christian University to coach the girls basketball team at Clovis High School (NM) for seven years. During that span the Lady Wildcats reached the State finals three years, winning it all in 2005 with a perfect 30-0 record.
  • Most Career wins for a girls’ head basketball coach within the state of New Mexico.
  • Most State Championships for a girls’ basketball coach in New Mexico with 12 state championships.  
  • Most consecutive state championship teams with 8. He accomplished this feat at Clayton High School from 1983-1990.
  • 2008 Retired from coaching in New Mexico
  • 2009 Returned to coach at Farwell High School (Texas). He coached the girl’s team for five years. His record at Farwell High School was 97-59, leading the program into the state playoff in three out of five years.    
  • College Coaching
  • Served as head women’s basketball coach at Lubbock Christian University for six years. He left the school as the first coach to have a winning record in women’s basketball.

Honors:

  • 1989 Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame Coach of Year
  • 1996 Inducted into the Lubbock Christian University Sports Hall of Fame.
  • He was named the New Mexico Coaches Association Coach of the Year in 1986, 1996 and 2006.
  • Named National Federation High School Coaches Association’s Sectional Coach of the Year in 1986, 1992 and 2005.
  • Named Coach of the Year ten of his fifteen years at Clayton High School