Michele Lewis Watts

Michele  Lewis Watts
Adjunct Faculty - Sports Administration

Office Hours: By appointment. 


  • Bachelor of Science, Marketing - North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC (Summa Cum Laude)
  • Master of Sports Administration - Ohio University, Athens, OH


Michele Lewis Watts currently serves as Director of the Sport Management Program and Assistant Professor at Madonna University, advising, teaching and recruiting students. She is working toward her Ph.D. in Exercise and Sport Science and is a Sports Administration adjunct faculty member at Wayne State University. Her research interests center on the gap in sports participation by African American girls in inner cities. Specifically, she is exploring the role of gender identity and athletic identity in sport participation for middle school girls in Detroit.

She coaches high school and club volleyball helping to grow the game in the city, and serves on the board of Detroit PAL. Lewis Watts has 20 years of experience in sports and events management, starting her career at the Detroit Pistons. Lewis Watts' work experience also includes Vice President, Events for Super Bowl XL Host Committee and Vice President, Events & Community Relations for the 2009 Final Four Organizing Committee as well as stints at the Detroit Zoo, The Parade Company and Michigan Women’s Foundation.

She earned a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from North Carolina A&T State University (Summa Cum Laude) and Master of Sports Administration from Ohio University. A former member of the semi-professional, 5-time champion Detroit Demolition women’s tackle football, Lewis Watts resides in Southfield, MI with her husband Anthony.

Research Interests

  • Sports participation among African American, inner city girls.
  • Gender Identity
  • Sports Sociology
  • Youth & Adolescence

Courses Taught

  • Sport Event Management

Awards & Honors

Shirley Falconer Slayman Scholarship

Honorable Mention, Ford Foundation Fellowships Program

MRPA Youth Sports Coach of the Year

150 years in the heart of Detroit