Coach Heber Watson has had tremendous success starting a new softball program at Tech, in 2005. His work has built the program into a nationally recognized program by the NJCAA. In 2018, 2016, and 2013 the Lady Stingers won the NJCAA Region X Regular Season and garnished national NJCAA rankings . During this time, Tech has set and maintains the highest national rankings of any team in Region X, set by the
NJCAA as #9. In 2016, Tech softball earned its first trip to the NJCAA College World Series after winning the Region X / District F Tournament.
Under Coach Watson’s leadership and persistence, the Lady Stingers have achieved winning records every year (2005- 2018) noting a winning percentage of .736 with 352 (W) and 171 (L). These win - loss records posted national rankings with the NJCAA in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2017, and 2018. In 2007 and 2018, he and his assistance coaches captured the NJCAA Region X Coaches of the Year Award.
Over the twelve years, Tech won the regular season championship in 2013 (18 wins/ 2 losses - NJCAA Region X Record) , 2016 (17 wins /1 losses - NJCAA Region X Record) and , 2018 (25 wins / 3 losses) with runner-ups in the region tournament twice.
In 2016, Tech’s success in national prominence resulted in its first trip to the NJCAA World Series, ranked #13. In 2017 and 2018, the Lady Stingers climbed to set another school and Region X record, as the only team in Region X to reach a national ranking with the NJCAA of #9 (2018). The 2018 campaign brought another school record of 19 consecutive wins, during a 33-3 run.
Watson’s collegiate coaching career began at Florence Darlington Tech in 2005 and established the program as a top contender. Coach Watson’s leadership has produced 1- NJCAA All-American, 3- NJCAA Region Players of the Year, 4- NJCAA Region Pitchers of the Year, 1- NJCAA District Pitcher of the Year,
44- NJCAA Region X – All Region Players, 1- NJCAA Academic All American, and 6- NJCAA Region X- All Region Academic Team members. Also, Coach Watson has successfully assisted many players transferring to NCAA D1, D2, D3, and NAIA programs to pursue their softball dreams.
Coach Watson hopes that many players will “Catch the Buzz” and join the Tech family!