Mike Watson, who coached the Lake Washington softball team to the Class 3A state tournament last spring, died Friday morning after suffering a heart attack earlier in the week.
He was 48.
Watson had a heart attack while driving on Wednesday, leading to a traffic jam, and was taken to Swedish Hospital in Edmonds.
He had been an assistant coach at LW for a season and a half and took over as head coach in April when the school district place Traoy Hennum on administrative leave. He also had coached club softball for 15 years, including the Northwest Lady Sharks and Washington Wave, and was well known in the softball community.
Hennum said several LW players were at his side at the hospital.
“Mike made a positive impact on every player and myself,” Hennum said. “We couldn’t wait to get to practice just to be around him. He had a great sense of humor and on top of that he was a winner. He wanted to win.
“He just wanted to make sure everyone around him was happy, laughing and having a good time.”
Watson is survived by his wife, Kellie, and two daughters, Kayla and Kelsey. Kayla played softball at Mountlake Terrace High School and was on the team at Central Washington before suffering a knee injury. Kelsey will be a senior at Mountlake Terrace this fall and also plays softball.
Donations for the family are being accepted at BECU branches under the Memorial of Michael Watson account.
No date has been set yet for Watson’s memorial service, which will be at the Alderwood Community Church. Check “Team Kellie” on Facebook for updates.