A native of the East Texas Piney Woods, Leland Watley has 10 years of experience serving students and athletes at the secondary and collegiate levels. Coach Watley has helped several players earn All-District, All-Area, and All-State honors. In addition to athletic and academic success, he has also helped many students to overcome challenges and achieve significant personal and spiritual milestones as a licensed minister in various ministry positions.
After serving in two military campaigns in the United States Navy, Coach Watley earned degrees from Liberty University and Belhaven University. He is now working on a Master of Education at Midwestern State University. He and his wife, Holly, have been married for 13 years and have six sons, Leland III, Laydan, Landis, Levi, Lache, and Levin.
“I’m honored and thankful for the opportunity to join the Garrison Bulldog faculty and coaching staff. Garrison is a great fit for me and my family. I’m fired up and looking forward to returning to East Texas and helping to build on the winning tradition in Bulldog Country while also building honorable, courageous, and committed young people.”