Chris Hatcher

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Chris Hatcher
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Head coach
Team Murray State
Conference OVC
Record 19–16
Biographical details
Born (1973-02-18) February 18, 1973 (age 41)
Macon, Georgia[1]
Playing career
1991–1994 Valdosta State
Position(s) Quarterback
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1996
1997–1998
1999
2000–2006
2007–2009
2010–present
UCF (QB/TE)
Kentucky (GA)
Kentucky (QB/WR)
Valdosta State
Georgia Southern
Murray State
Head coaching record
Overall 113–43
Tournaments 8–5 (NCAA D-II playoffs)
Statistics
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
1 NCAA Division II (2004)
4 Gulf South (2000–2002, 2004)
Awards
AFCA Division II Coach of the Year (2004)
3x Gulf South Coach of the Year (2000–2002)

Chris Hatcher (born February 18, 1973) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the head coach at Murray State University, a position he has held since the 2010 season. Previously, Hatcher served as the head coach at Valdosta State University from 2000 to 2006 and at Georgia Southern University from 2007 to 2009. His Valdosta State Blazers won the NCAA Division II National Football Championship in 2004. Hatcher played college football as a quarterback at Valdosta State from 1991 to 1994.

Playing career[edit]

A two-time All-American quarterback at Valdosta State University, Hatcher threw for 11,363 yards and 121 touchdowns during his stellar career. During his senior year in 1994, he led the Blazers to their first-ever postseason berth, advancing to the quarterfinals. When his career was completed, Hatcher set 29 VSU passing and total offense records. Among the national records he once set were a 68.5 career completion percentage and streak of 20 straight completions in a game against New Haven.

Hatcher was also successful in the classroom. Twice he received the Gulf South Conference’s Commissioner’s Trophy (which is awarded to the league’s Most Outstanding Student-Athlete). He finished his senior year by winning several national honors including: the NCAA Top Eight Award, the CoSIDA Academic All-America National Player of the Year and a postgraduate scholarship from the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame. In 1994 he won the Harlon Hill Trophy, awarded to the NCAA Division II National Player of the Year. Hatcher graduated from Valdosta State in 1995.

Coaching career[edit]

Valdosta State[edit]

The winningest coach in Blazers' history, Hatcher was 76–12 at his alma mater. When Hatcher took over as head coach in 2000, he wasted no time molding the Valdosta State program into the "Hatch Attack". In his first year back at VSU, Hatcher took a 4–7 squad the previous year and turned it around to a 10–2 record (8–1 in GSC action) and berth in the Division II playoffs.

His 2001 and 2002 teams posted back-to-back undefeated records during the regular season, part of a Gulf South Conference record 35 straight victories during the regular season.

During the 2004 championship season, the Blazers lost their season-opener before rattling off 14 consecutive victories, capped by a 36–31 victory over Pittsburg State in the title game. Hatcher was named "National Coach of the Year" by the American Football Coaches Association and was the offensive coordinator for the East squad at the Hula Bowl.

In 2005, Valdosta opened the season ranked No. 1 for four straight weeks and saw the season culminate with a sixth-straight NCAA postseason appearance. Despite an 8-2 record in 2006, the 10th-ranked Blazers did not receive an invitation to the playoffs, marking the first time that occurred in the Hatcher era.

2006's team finished sixth nationally in passing offense (283 yards per game), 12th in scoring offense (34.9 ppg) and 19th in total offense (389.9 yards). However, Hatcher’s teams have been successful in all three facets. The 2006 defense ranked 27th nationally in scoring defense (15.7 points allowed) while the special teams ranked third in punt returns (17.3 yards) and blocked seven kicks.

Georgia Southern[edit]

Georgia Southern Director of Athletics Sam Baker announced the hiring of Hatcher as head football coach in January 2007.

"There were a lot of qualified candidates, but Chris Hatcher was someone I felt embodied all we were looking for," said Baker. "Chris has a proven track record as a head coach - capturing the national championship in 2004 and recording an .864 winning percentage during his seven-year tenure at Valdosta State. I looked for a coach who knows how to win and I believe Coach Hatcher can do that at the Division I level. I also wanted to hire a coach with strong recruiting ties in Georgia and Florida. Coach Hatcher knows the area well… Our Athletic Department’s charge was to go out and hire a head coach that will improve on the progress we made off the field, and have that translate to on-the-field success. I think we have that coach in Chris Hatcher."

On November 21, 2009, Georgia Southern Athletic Director, Sam Baker, announced the firing of Hatcher after the 2009 season.

Murray State[edit]

On December 21, 2009, Murray State University Athletic Director, Allen Ward, announced the hiring of Hatcher beginning the 2010 season. In his first year at Murray State Hatcher led the Racers to a 5–3 record in the Ohio Valley Conference (tied for fourth place), and a 6–5 record overall. 2010 was the Racers first winning season since 2004. Went 7-4 in the 2011 season[2]

Personal life[edit]

Hatcher and his wife, Lori, also a graduate of Valdosta State, are the parents of a son, Ty and a daughter, Talley Ann.

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Valdosta State Blazers (Gulf South Conference) (2000–2006)
2000 Valdosta State 10–2 8–1 1st L NCAA Division II First Round
2001 Valdosta State 12–1 9–0 1st L NCAA Division II Quarterfinal
2002 Valdosta State 14–1 9–0 1st L NCAA Division II Championship
2003 Valdosta State 10–2 8–1 2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
2004 Valdosta State 13–1 9–0 1st W NCAA Division II Championship
2005 Valdosta State 9–3 7–2 T–2nd L NCAA Division II First Round
2006 Valdosta State 8–2 6–2 T–3rd
Valdosta State: 76–12 56–6
Georgia Southern Eagles (Southern Conference) (2007–2009)
2007 Georgia Southern 7–4 4–3 T–3rd
2008 Georgia Southern 6–5 4–4 T–4th
2009 Georgia Southern 5–6 4–4 T–4th
Georgia Southern: 18–15 12–11
Murray State Racers (Ohio Valley Conference) (2010–present)
2010 Murray State 6–5 5–3 T–4th
2011 Murray State 7–4 5–3 2nd
2012 Murray State 5–6 4–4 6th
2013 Murray State 6–6 4–4 T–5th
Murray State: 24–21 15–13
Total: 118–48
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title

Awards and honors[edit]

2000[edit]

  • Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year
  • Schutt Sports National Coach of the Year
  • Atlanta Touchdown Club Coach of the Year

2001[edit]

  • AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year
  • Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year
  • Atlanta Touchdown Club Coach of the Year

2002[edit]

  • AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year
  • Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year
  • Schutt Sports National Coach of the Year
  • Atlanta Touchdown Club Coach of the Year

2004[edit]

  • AFCA National Coach of the Year
  • Johnny Vaught Coach of the Year
  • Macon Touchdown Club Coach of the Year
  • Atlanta Touchdown Club Coach of the Year
  • Offensive Coordinator for East squad at the Hula Bowl

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