January 11, 2005
Valdosta - Valdosta State head coach Chris Hatcher has been named the Division II National Coach of the Year by the American Football Coaches Association.
| Hatcher will be presented that award at a banquet Tuesday night at Louisville, Kentucky where the AFCA annual convention will end on Wednesday.
Hatcher wins the award after leading the Blazers to their first national championship in football.
In five seasons, Chris Hatcher is 59-7 and his winning percentage is higher than any head coach at any level of the NCAA with a minimum of five seasons.
Hatcher said "This is certainly one of the best awards I have ever received because it is voted on by my peers, the people who know me the best," Hatcher said. "I'm getting the attention, but I wouldn't be receiving his honor if not for the extraordinary work of my staff and the exceptional performance of our team."
One of the perks of winning the AFCA national coach of the year is a trip to the Hula Bowl in Hawaii on January 22nd where Chris Hatcher will work as an assistant for Georgia's Mark Richt who is one of the head coaches in the all-star game.
Auburn coach Tommy Tuberville won the AFCA national coach of the year for the Division 1-A and James Madison's Mickey Matthews, who is a former Georgia assistant, is the national coach of the year after leading the Dukes to the I-AA national title.
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