Bert Watts is in his second year as the defensive technical intern, joining the Colorado staff in June 2010.
Watts, 32, came to Colorado from Bishop Kenny High School in Jacksonville, Fla., where he served as the defensive coordinator for the 2009 season. In 2008, he was the defensive backs coach for Jacksonville’s Bartram Trial High School.
He headed to Florida from Vienna, Austria, where he was the defensive coordinator for the Raiffeisen Vikings for the 2007 season.
He spent two seasons as the defensive graduate assistant as his alma mater, California, in 2004-05, helping the team to a combined 18-6 mark in those two seasons, including a 10-2 season in 2004 that ended with a berth in the Holiday Bowl. Watts was on the same staff at Cal as assistant head coach Eric Kiesau, then the wide receivers coach for the Bears; Watts was a senior in Kiesau’s first year at Cal in 2002. As a safety, Watts led the Bears with 80 tackles that year, helping lead the team to a 7-6 record, which was the program’s first winning season in nine years. He had a career-high 15 tackles against USC as a senior and received the team’s Joe Roth Award, which is given for courage, attitude and sportsmanship. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Education from California.
He was a multiple-position threat at Ridge High School (Basking Ridge, N.J.), where he played quarterback, tailback, wide receiver and safety. He scored 25 touchdowns as a senior, helping the team to a league title with an 8-1 record, the best mark in school history.
He was born August 31, 1979 in Piedmont, Calif., where he grew up prior to moving to the east coast. His grandfather played football at Oregon State, while his dad (Rich) played football at San Jose State and signed a free agent contract with the Atlanta Falcons. One brother, Rich, Jr., earned All-America honors in baseball at UC-Davis and played for two years in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization while another brother, Tom, played football at UC-Davis. His brother-in-law, Greg Tremble, played football at Georgia. He married Lyndsay Graubard this past July 9.