West Seattle boys basketball coach Donald Watts resigned his position on Thursday. Watts, the son of former ex-Sonic “Slick” Watts, stepped down because his personal training business started demanding more of his time.
Watts leaves with a record of 29-54 (.349) in his four-plus seasons at the school. Keffrey Fazio, 29, will serve as the interim coach for the remainder of the season.
“I was pretty close with Donald,” said Fazio, who was hired as an assistant when Watts took over at West Seattle. “We knew that if his business got to this point that he might have to step down. In the back of my head, I was always kind of preparing for that.
“It came to the point where he had to make a decision where he could go broke and work at the high school, which he enjoyed, or kind of make a decision where he had to move forward with his family.”
Fazio coached in West Seattle’s loss to Rainier Beach on Friday, just a day after Watts stepped down. He received the title of interim coach on Monday.
West Seattle athletic director Kim Depew said she wasn’t surprised by Watts’ resignation because his personal training business made far more money than his coaching salary, she said.
Watts was the state player of the year as a senior in 1995 at Lake Washington High School in Kirkland. He then scored more than 1,000 career points at UW.
A previous version of this story incorrectly stated Watts’ winning percentage. It has since been updated.