Florence-Darlington Technical College - Tech Stingers

Stinger Coach Bio


Heber Watson - Head Coach

As the program starts season twelve (2016-2017), Coach Heber Watson remains confident about the strength of the softball program at Florence Darlington Technical College (FDTC). With the 2016 results of national prominence, Coach Watson is looking forward to another year of success. Coach Watson’s Lady Stingers have achieved winning records every year posting a winning percentage of .658 with 291 (W) and 151 (L). He and his assistance coaches captured NJCAA Region X Coaches of the Year in 2007 and received national recognition with the NJCAA in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2016 for top team and individual batting averages, while garnishing national team rankings in 2013 (#13) 2014 (#19), and 2016 (#12).

In 2016, The Lady Stingers clinched the Regular Season (17 wins and 1 loss) , Region X and District F titles. Tech made school history with its first trip to the NJCAA World Series, in Clinton , MS reaching a goal set by Coach Watson in 2005. Another school record was set with a winning percentage of .762 (32 wins and 10 losses) and a national ranking of #12.

In 2014, the Tech Lady Stingers began the season ranked as NJCAA #19 and as the top team in Region X. The team experienced several injuries early in the year which damped their performance dropping them out of the top 20. Watson’s team struggled during the year with a limited squad, but was able to pull out a runner-up finish in the region tournament. Tech finished the season with 21 (w) and 17 (L).

The 2013 Tech squad produced the best season in program history. Tech was 18 (w) and 2 (L) in region play and 35 (w) and 10 (L) overall while capturing the Region Championship title. Watson’s Lady Stingers were noted by the NJCAA as nationally (13th) ranked program for most of the spring season. The top program in Region X produced it’s first Pitcher of the Year and it’s second Region Player of the Year. The program also witnessed it’s first NJCAA All American Player in Kayla Wright.

During the 2012 softball season, Watson’s team experienced a solid run for the region championship, while compiling a 28 win and 19 loss record. The team finished third in the region with an overall winning percentage of .595 for the year. Tech produced its first NJCAA Region X Region Player of the Year with a .497 batting average posted in the NJCAA top 50 nationally.

The 2011 campaign resulted in Coach Watson’s most challenging year with a 28 wins and 22 losses. The Lady Stingers performance landed in the fourth position, while three of the Lady Stingers were recognized nationally as #12, #38, in batting averages and # 36, in home runs, with the NJCAA.

Watson’s Lady Stingers completed the 2010 year with new high marks. The Stingers finished with a 14 (W) and 6 (L) NJCAA Region X Regular Season record (.700 winning percentage in regular season- program best) with 26 (W) and 15 (L) overall record for the year. Watson’s third place team was recognized during the year by the NJCAA as the 13th Best Hitting Team Percentage with a .354 team average.

The 2006, 2007,2008, and 2009 seasons were growing years for the program, but Tech remained in the 3rd and 4th region positions each year. The 2008 season marked the best season for the young program with 32 (w) and 13 (L). In 2007, Coach Watson and Coach Harvey received the NJCAA Region X Coaches of the Year Award.

Watson’s collegiate coaching career began at Florence Darlington Tech in 2005 and established the program as a top contender. He had previously organized the first girls’ softball association in his community and went on to coach travel ball for twenty five years winning several state championships and garnishing a #1 national ranking with the National Softball Association (NSA) in 1984.

Coach Watson’s leadership has produced 3- NJCAA Region Player/ Pitcher of the Year, 28- NJCAA Region X – 1st Team, 11- NJCAA Region X- 2nd Team, 22- NJCAA Region X- All Tournament, 6- NJCAA Region X- All Region Academic Team members, 1- NJCAA All- American, and 1 NJCAA Academic All- American. Many of these talented student-athletes were promoted to senior institutions through his recommendations.

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