SKIPPERVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — G.W. Long’s new head football coach David Watts is wrapping up his first month at the helm of the Rebels and he has some big shoes to fill.
The veteran coach comes to Skipperville from Brantley, where he was an assistant coach for eight years.
Brantley was 13-2 last year with Watts as the offensive coordinator.
He says it was difficult to leave the Bulldogs but he couldn’t turn down this opportunity.
“I knew a little bit about the school, knew a little bit about the community,” Watts said. “I knew what kind of people were here. Tough hard-nosed folks so that was a big draw for me.”
Watts takes over from Scott Horne who lead the Rebels to nine playoff appearances in his 12 years as head coach.
Watts says this is a new era but Horne helped set him up for success.
“What he did was set a good foundation and a base. So we’ve got to do what we do but we’ve got a base to start with because of the work that he did.”
Watts has coached for the last 21 years.
He believes his experience and work ethic will add to the rebels success.
“We have to do all the little things. If we’ve got to take a six inch step if it’s got to be a six inch step. We’ve got to be mentally tough. We’ve got to be physically tough. We’re going to sell the discipline and by that it’s not punishment. We want guys to do what they’re supposed to do when they’re supposed to do it. If we do those things then the results will take care of themselves.”
He began his duties in Skipperville on June 1 and so far he’s impressed with the players.
“The kids have been wonderful, they work really really hard. You asked about coaching philosophy. A big part of that is going to be fitting what we do to what our kids are capable of. That’s been the big thing for me right now, figuring out who can do what.”
Along with coaching on the gridiron, Watts will also help out on the diamond with the G.W. Long softball team.
Watts will lead the Rebels out of the tunnel for the first time against his former school Brantley on August 20.