La Conner alum kicks off career with coveted Cougar grid job


September 8, 2021


Ashley Watkins began the Labor Day weekend working her first job after college graduation.

The 2017 La Conner High grad didn’t want nor need holiday time off, though, having chosen a career field where times out are a standard part of the gig.

Watkins has started her first season as assistant director of football operations at Washington State University and was on the clock in Pullman for the Cougars’ Sept. 4 non-conference home opener with Utah State.

Her family – Watkins’ biggest fans – made the 350-mile drive from Shelter Bay to the WSU campus for the occasion.


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