December 9, 2005
Florence, AL - Valdosta State head coach Chris Hatcher will be given a big honor today, as the Blazers head coach is inducted into the NCAA Division II Hall of Fame.
Hatcher is being inducted as a player as part of the Division II championship weekend in Florence.
This is his first year of eligibility.
The Harlon Hill award is given annually to the best player in Division Two.
Hatcher won the honor in 1994 by the second largest margin in the awards history.
The two-time All-American at VSU still holds eight national passing records.
After graduating he helped mold future NFL quarterbacks Daunte Culpepper and Tim Couch.
Hatcher's record as a coach at Valdosta State is just as outstanding as his playing career, winning five conference championships in six seasons.
He was named the regional and national coach of the year by the American Football Coaches Association last season, as the Blazers captured their first National championship.
Hatcher joins select company in the Division Two Hall of Fame.
Three former players are being inducted this weekend, bringing the total membership up to just seventeen, including Walter Payton.
Hatcher was elected to the Macon Sports Hall of Fame and the Valdosta State Hall of Fame in 2001.