Strength and Conditioning Specialist
Tony Watters comes to PTA Performance as the Head Sports Performance Coach. Tony has trained numerous middle school, high school, college, and professional athletes motivating them and keeping them accountable to the scientific standard of the workouts. Here at PTA Performance Tony is continuing to train all types of clients, tracking client progress via our 24 Point Assessment, coordinating our internship program, and coaching individual and group goalkeeper lessons.
The Bend, Oregon native has grown up around sports. His parents Bob and Michele sparked Tony’s love of sports from an early age. His father played baseball and competed in powerlifting, while his mother played and coached softball, basketball, and volleyball, and has run 23 marathons. Tony was a four-sport athlete in high school, lettering a total of twelve times between baseball, soccer, ice hockey, and football. He competed in two Oregon State High School Championships. With a diverse sporting background Tony is able to connect with many different types of athletes and understand what each of their individual needs are and how to best enhance their game. During high school many of his teams directed youth sports clinics which is where his love of serving others began.
After graduating high school Tony attended Whitworth University. While playing goalkeeper for the men’s soccer team he served as captain beginning the spring of his sophomore year. During his time at Whitworth he earned two Defensive Player of the Week Honors and was a part of three straight Northwest Conference Championships with three straight National Tournament Appearances. The Pirates best run was making it to the Sweet Sixteen of the national tournament. The last three summers Tony has played on the Spokane Shadow Men’s First Team, earning two Defensive Player of the Week Honors, as well as holding the record for most shut-outs in the EPLWA as of summer 2016, before the Shadow made the jump up to NPSL.
Along with Tony’s state side success, he has travelled to Spain, Sweden, and South Africa playing and helping coach soccer. In summer of 2014, he travelled to Spain and Sweden to play in the Gothia Cup (the world’s largest youth soccer tournament), where he led his team to the round of sixteen. In January of 2016 he travelled with the Whitworth Men’s soccer team to play 10 matches as well as put on youth clinics for the children in the townships. His time abroad opened his eyes up to many different coaching styles.
While playing competitively Tony made time to coach youth soccer goalkeepers in both the Bend and Spokane areas, volunteering with the Bend FC Timbers and Spokane Sounders youth teams.