A source indicated that Chris Watts resigned Thursday after four seasons as the St. Joseph boys basketball coach and it looks like he’s headed to Notre Dame-Fairfield.
Multiple sources have indicated that Watts, a former schoolboy standout at St. Joseph, will become the next coach at Notre Dame-Fairfield, replacing Vin Laczkoski. Notre Dame-Fairfield athletic director Rob Bleggi said the announcement of a new coach will be made at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
Watts, 47, was only the second coach in St. Joseph history. He took over officially for the first coach, Vito Montelli, who coached the program’s first 50 seasons, compiling a state-record 878 victories before retiring in August of 2012.
“It’s an honor for me to take over the program for Coach,” said Watts, who played for Montelli before going onto Providence College, upon the announcement in 2012.. “Here it is over 30 years after meeting this man and he is still opening doors for me. I’m honored to be selected to this great position. …There’s high school programs and there is the St. Joseph program.”
After an 19-3 finish in Watts’ first season, St. Joseph was hit by the transfer of Quincy McKnight to the Phelps School in 2013. The Cadets haven’t had a winning season since. Watts finishes 43-43 as St. Joseph’s coach.
Jim Olayos, who was athletic director at St. Joseph during the final years of Montelli’s tenure, has been the director of athletic advancement at Notre Dame since late 2013.
Laczkoski’s contract was not renewed after 11 seasons, including back-to-back appearances in the Class M state championship game.