Chris Watts, M.A.
Chris Watts, M.A., is Director of Athletic Communications in the Office of Public Affairs and Communications at Claremont McKenna College, one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges.
Watts serves as the communications director for the 21 varsity teams of Claremont McKenna College and Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges (CMS) Athletics, an NCAA Division III member of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). His responsibilities include oversight of the official athletic department website, www.cmsathletics.org, along with CMS’ live video broadcasting efforts. In addition, writing and producing content (videos, photo albums, video interviews, web pages, stories, etc.) for the CMS Athletics website, CMS social media pages and Claremont McKenna College website are a part of his daily responsibilities.
Prior to coming to Claremont in November of 2012, Watts served as the recreational sports manager and sports information assistant in the Chapman University athletic department. During his four-plus years at Chapman, Watts assisted in the publicity of the school’s 20 NCAA Division III sports and also oversaw tremendous growth in the intramural program. He also served as the media relations assistant for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a minor league baseball team in Southern California, before working at Chapman.
In addition to his work at Chapman and with the Quakes, Watts has assisted in the media operations of several major sporting events including the 2014 Rose Bowl, 2014 BCS National Championship, 2010 Fiesta Bowl, 2011 BCS National Championship Game and 2010 Major League Baseball All-Star Game along with the 2011 and 2014 Division I Men’s Basketball West Regionals.
He received a B.A. in Mass Communication from Principia College (Ill.) in 2008 and his M.A. in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco in 2011. Watts’ experience around college athletics and the Division III level is not limited to being an administrator or an observer however. During his time at Principia, he played four seasons of basketball and was voted captain by his teammates and coaches for three seasons.