Adrienne Gough Watts
Adrienne Gough Watts
Graduation Year: 2002
Induction Year: 2014
Sport (s): Women's Cross Country, Women's Track and Field

Adrienne Gough Watts ’01 is among the elite distance runners in school history as she competed as an individual in three NCAA Division III Cross Country Championships, finishing 38th as a senior.

She won the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference individual cross country title in her first season and followed it up with three consecutive top-five finishes during her sophomore through senior years to earn all-conference honors. During her four seasons, Watts finished no worse than ninth and as high as fourth at NCAA regional competition. The Tigers also captured three conference team titles during that span.

In track and field, Watts won both the 1,500 and 3,000 meters at the 1998 Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships before posting two all-SCAC finishes each in 1999 and 2001. At the 2001 SCAC Track and Field Championships, hosted by DePauw, Watts won the 5,000 meters and was second in the 3,000 while leading the Tigers to their third conference title during her four years. She still holds the school outdoor record in the 3,000-meter run.

Watts was twice named to the SCAC Academic Honor Roll, earned U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-academic honors and was DePauw’s 16th NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship recipient. A Management Fellow at DePauw, Watts earned a B.A. in computer science and graduated magna cum laude before completing an M.B.A from Anderson (Ind.) University in 2006.

She worked with Girls Incorporated in Shelbyville, Ind., following graduation where she designed and implemented after-school programming for girls in Web development and economic literacy. Since 2007 she has worked with Computer Systems, Inc. of Fishers, Ind., where she has been a software analyst since 2009.

Watts and her husband, Shaun ’00, have two daughters.