Chris Watts, M.A., is Director of Athletics Communication for the Office of Public Affairs and Communications.
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). During his time with CMC, Watts has nominated three student-athletes who have been featured in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd feature (March 4 and June 10, 2013 and June 15, 2015) and one play that has been on ESPN SportsCenter's Top Plays (Top Neighborhood Plays - Oct. 29, 2014).
Prior to coming to Claremont in November of 2012, Watts served for four-plus years as the recreational sports manager and sports information assistant in the Chapman University athletic department. He also worked as the media relations assistant for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, a minor league baseball team in Southern California, before working at Chapman.
In addition, 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, 2014 and 2016 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. During his time at Principia, he played four seasons of basketball and was voted captain by his teammates and coaches for three seasons. Watts is a member of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Watts, a Redmond, Wash. native, lives with his wife Brittany and dog Rainier in Monrovia.