July 26, 2005
Valdosta - The Valdosta State Blazers have dominated the Gulf South Conference since Chris Hatcher became their head coach five years ago.
And the league's head coaches don't believe that will change this season.
The Gulf South coaches are picking Valdosta State for a fourth straight year to win the league title.
The Blazers, who won the NCAA Division II national title last year, received ten first place votes from the Gulf South's 12 coaches in their preseason balloting.
Head coaches could not vote for their own team so only one other coach believes someone other than the Blazers will win the league title this season.
Under Chris Hatcher, the Blazers are 43-2 against Gulf South Conference opponents with four conference titles and a runner-up finish two years ago.
It is a record of winning that Chris Hatcher says his players don't want to see end.
Hatcher said "We have got guys on the team that never won in high school but when they show up here they expect to win. And to me that is a great complement of our assistant coaches and then those seniors that make those guys believe that when the Blazers step on the field they are supposed to win."
Valdosta State players report for fall camp next week.
The Blazers open the season on August 27th at Fort Valley State.