Lance Watson enters his 20th season as head coach for the ORU women's golf team (May 2000) and 16th as the men's head coach (2004).
A 16-time Summit League Coach of the Year, Watson enters the 2019-20 golf campaigns with high expectations for both the men's and women's teams. He helped the ORU women's program become a dominating presence in the Summit League (formerly the Mid-Con), leading the Golden Eagles to 12 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. The men's team won consecutive Summit League titles and reached NCAA tournament play in 2009 and 2010, the first trips under Watson.
In 20 seasons as head coach for the women, Watson has produced nine Summit League players of the year, nine League newcomers of the year, two Summit League Championsip MVPs (formerly player of the year), one NCAA Championships individual qualifiers, and more than 50 all-conference selections. On the men's side, Watson has coached three Summit League players of the year (Lyle Patton, 2004 & Cody Burrows 2017 & 2019 ), one Championship MVP (Scott Stiles, 2009) and six newcomers of the year, including 2008 winner Terence Begnel. In total with the combined accolades between the men's and women's teams, he's produced 12 Summit League Players of the Year, 15 Newcomers of the Year, three NCAA individual qualifiers and had 17 NCAA Tournament appearances.
Watson has played a key role for the Oral Roberts golf program since 1991, when he joined the varsity golf team. During his two years playing for ORU, Watson was twice named team captain and also won medalist honors at the Sam Houston State Invitational during his junior year. Before transferring to ORU, Watson played golf at New Mexico Junior College in Hobbs, N.M. After his successful college career, Watson became a Class-A PGA Golf Professional. From 1994-1997, Watson served as the Head Golf Professional at Forest Crossing Golf Course in Nashville, Tenn.
Because of his personal experience as a Golden Eagle golfer, Watson is able to bring extensive knowledge and insight of the game to the players he coaches. Watson can also offer them an understanding of being a student-athlete at Oral Roberts University.
In 1993, he received his undergraduate degree from Oral Roberts University where he was honored as the Outstanding Major of the Year. Watson went on to earn his Master's of Education from ORU in 1999.
Watson served as the assistant coach for the men and women's golf team from 1997-2000. He resides in Tulsa with his wife Tracy and his three daughters -- twins Ramsie and Rylie, and Reese.