Central Figure: Justin Harte steps down as Watertown High School’s head boys soccer coach – Watertown Public Opinion

Justin Harte (center) has announced his resignation as the head coach of the Watertown High School boys soccer program. Harte, a 2000 WHS graduate, was a former standout player in the early years of the program and twice served as the team's coach — in 2003-04 and again from 2017-2021.

Justin Harte has been a central figure in the Watertown High School boys soccer program since its inception in the late 1990s.

A standout player in the early years, Harte returned home to coach the program. Last week, Harte turned in his resignation as the varsity team’s head coach.

“Arrow soccer has been my life for the last 24 years. I was privileged enough to have a successful playing career and now coaching career with the program,” said Harte.

The 2000 Watertown High School graduate was a four-year varsity player for the Arrows, who later went on to play collegiately at Huron College.

His coaching service for the Arrows actually begin in 2003-04, when he spent that season as the head coach of the WHS team that went 2-14.

Later after the sport was sanctioned by the South Dakota High School Activities Association, Harte returned as a high school coach for the program in the fall of 2015 as an assistant under Jason Bartels. He served two years as an assistant before taking over for Bartels in 2017.

“The Watertown School District would like to