Charlotte, N.C. (May 23, 2015) – Johnson C. Smith University head golf coach William Watkins took part in the United States
Marine Corps Recruiting Command Coaches Workshop held this past weekend, May 18-21 in Quantico, Va.
Throughout the weekend, participants interacted with officer instructors and key leaders and got a taste of the process of training and the commissioning of Marine Officers.
The workshop takes coaches who may have a basic understanding of what the Marine Corps is, and does, and shows them many different aspects of the Marine Corps so they can return to their communities and share their experiences. Additionally, it gives guests an accurate perspective about the Corps, showing them that the Marine Corps is a viable career option for young people with whom they interact daily.
Guests make decisions similar to those a lieutenant would make while attending The Basic School, a six-month long course that introduces Marine Officers to basic combat fundamentals. They then discuss decision making during highly chaotic situations and what it means to be a true leader.
Watkins said that the experience was a great learning tool. “Interacting with coaches from all over the country as well as those who train Marine Officers will help me develop my coaching strategy that will enable me to teach and advise the JCSU student-athletes,” said Watkins.
Watkins just completed his sixth season as the JCSU head golf coach.