Former UHS coach Watkins in new fight

Charley Robinson

Staff writer

Tommy Watkins coached Texas high school football for 44 years and posted a record of 301-153-8. Six of those years was spent as the Uvalde Coyotes head football coach and athletic director. He achieved his 200th coaching victory while guiding the Coyotes.

His Uvalde record was 48-14-2 for a .750 winning percentage, making him the second-winningest coach in Coyote history.

Watkins is one of the few coaches in Texas high school football to amass more than 300 victories.

He began his coaching career in 1957 at Rotan, a Class A school in West Texas. His 1962 Rotan Yellowhammer football team won the Class A state championship and in the spring of 1963 he guided the track team to the state crown.

That success didn’t go unnoticed, and Watkins became well known throughout the state.

He moved on to Class 2A Iowa Park in 1963 and won back-to-back state football championships in 1969 and 1970.


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