MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan head football coach Dan Enos announced today that Morris Watts and Butch Barry have been elevated to new positions on the CMU coaching staff.
Watts moves into the role of offensive coordinator along with continuing to mentor the quarterbacks, which he has done for the past three seasons. Barry will take over the offensive line, moving over from the tight ends, a position he coached for four seasons.
“Coach Watts and Coach Barry have been hard working, devoted members of this staff and I feel they will excel in these new roles,” Enos said. “With almost every offensive starter returning, I felt continuity was important as we continue to build a championship program.
“Coach Watts has made a big impact on our quarterbacks during his time here and he is one of the most experienced, knowledgeable offensive coordinators in college football. A former offensive lineman for CMU, Coach Barry understands the strong tradition of great players we have had at that position and has the ability to make our unit one of the best in the MAC.”
Watts has served as an offensive coordinator at eight different schools during his 44-year collegiate and professional coaching career including stints at Michigan State (1986-90, 1992-94, 1999-2002), LSU (1995-98) and Indiana (1973-81). His previous stop as an OC was at Miami (Ohio) where he helped the RedHawks to the 2010 Mid-American Conference Championship and a victory in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Watts has the most college and pro experience of any current NCAA Bowl Subdivision coach.
During his time at CMU, Watts helped Ryan Radcliff finish his career ranked No. 2 in CMU program history in passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions, touchdown passes, total offense and 300-yard passing games. Radcliff also led CMU to a victory in the 2012 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl and was named the offensive MVP of the game. This past season, Watts mentored redshirt freshman Cooper Rush, helping him finish top five in the MAC in passing yards per game.
Barry was a five-year member of the CMU football program who earned three varsity letters as an offensive lineman and was named to the Academic All-Mid-American Conference team in 2000. Before coming to CMU, he spent time as an offensive line coach at Michigan Tech, North Greenville University and SW Minnesota State.
Barry worked directly with All-Mid-American Conference second team selection David Blackburn in 2011. Blackburn set career highs for receptions (34), receiving yards (479) and touchdown receptions (5) during his senior season en route to becoming the first CMU tight end since 1996 to earn all- conference recognition. This past season, CMU had four tight ends see a majority of the playing time, with that group combining for 31 receptions for 341 yards and three touchdowns.