Inducted in 1986
Sidney Watson
Born on May 4, 1932 in Andover, Massachusetts
Education:
Punchard High, Andover, Massashusetts
Northeastern University, Boston, 1956

Watson was a football- hockey standout at Punchard High of Andover and earned broad acclaim in those sports at Northeastern University.

Averaging 100 yards a game as a running back for Northeastern, he earned the nickname "Century Sid".

A four-year professional career followed, three seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers and one with the Washington Redskins. He gained repute as one of the NFL's better kick return runners. Watson then came to Bowdoin as an assistant in football and head coach of hockey. The rest is hockey history. Watson's Polar Bear ice teams won 326 matches, lost 210 and tied 11 as Sid elevated in due time a previously mediocre program to make the White a consistent power in Division II. The Polar Bears won four ECAC Division II championships - 1971, '75. '76, and '78 and were runners-up in '70 and '77.

Three times - 1970, '71 and '78 - Watson was named National College Division coach-of-the-year by his peers.

Now the Bowdoin athletic director, shepherding a broad program with his share of successes, Sid and the Bowdoin family are pleased to see the winning hockey tradition sustained. The Polar Bears have continued right up there and added another ECAC title this past season under Watson's successor, Terry Meagher, as the latter, in whose appointment Sid had a strong hand.

Besides his epic boost of Bowdoin hockey, Watson has also been a salient developer of the sport as a catalyst in the great growth of hockey among Maine secondary schools.

He founded the Bowdoin Summer Hockey Clinic in 1967 for youths aged 9 to 17 that is still going strong.

Sid and his wife, Henrietta, live in Brunswick. They have 2 daughters,

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