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By Travis Sloat

Don’t waste your time trying to tell Enid High School swim coach Lyndsay Watts that she’s in a career field with low job satisfaction. She’s not buying it. 

“I love teaching because, for as long as I can remember, I’ve just wanted to help the world be a better place,” Watts said. “I am blessed to be able to do that every single day through my career as an educator and coach. I get to help students in my classes and on my team practice skills that will make them better students, friends, employees, employers, husbands/wives/partners, etc. I am, literally, living my dream every day in getting to live my purpose through my career as an educator.” 

Watts teaches special education geometry and coaches the boys and girls swim programs at Enid. She is also the district ICAP coordinator. She said her coaching philosophy is built upon her own experiences as a swimmer. 

“I believe that, as a coach and teacher, I play many roles in the lives of my student athletes,” she said. “It is my job to inspire them to greatness both at practice, in the classroom, as a contributing member of our community, and as a positive role-model in our school. Swimming taught me to work hard, work with others to reach a common goal, inspire others, rely on others, and lead through example. As a coach, I try to teach every one of these lessons every day by helping my student-athletes make those important connections between what we’re doing and what it takes to be a successful adult.”

In her free time, Watts said she has an amazing family who she enjoys just spending time with. Her husband Gabe (who also works at EHS), and their sons Corbin and Parker, all enjoy traveling in the family camper, and they are currently trying to camp their way through all 50 states before Corbin graduates from high school. 

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