The all-time winningest softball coach in Bethune-Cookman University history will return to Daytona Beach, Florida, as Laura Watten will be the next Head Softball Coach at Bethune-Cookman University. read more

Laura Watten


Head Coach

The Laura Watten File

  • Ninth overall season at Bethune-Cookman
  • 602-435 career record
  • 125-20 MEAC record
  • Eight previous seasons at Bethune-Cookman (1998-2005)
  • Eight NCAA post-season appearances (5 at Bethune-Cookman, 3 at Maryland)
  • 10-19 overall post-season record (8-13 at Bethune-Cookman, 2-6 at Maryland)
  • 2005 NCAA Division I Super Regional Appearance (Bethune-Cookman)
  • 2005 NFCA Southeast Region Coach of the Year
  • Five consecutive MEAC tournament championships (2000-2005)
  • Five-time MEAC Coach of the Year (2001-2003, 2004)
  • 2012 Bethune-Cookman University Athletics Hall of Fame inductee
  • 15 NFCA All-Region Players
  • 15 All-ACC selections (Eight first team All-ACC)
  • 20 All-MEAC Selections
  • Three MEAC Player of the Year selections
  • Two MEAC Pitcher of the Year selections
  • 20 All-ACC Academic Team members
  • Three ESPN The Magazine/CoSIDA Academic All-District Team member

Laura Watten is in her first season back at Bethune-Cookman University as head softball coach, officially announced at a press conference on August 12, 2014. The B-CU Athletics Hall of Fame member will be enjoying her ninth year overall as head coach of the Wildcats, after spending the previous nine years at the University of Maryland holding a similar position.

Watten, a four-time Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Coach of the Year – 2001, ’02, ’03 and ’05, brought instant success to the University Maryland, where she served as head coach of the Terrapins program from 2006-14. The Texas native first transformed the culture surrounding the Maryland program, then brought an exciting brand of softball to College Park, enjoying success never before experienced for the longtime Atlantic Coast Conference member institution.