January 19, 2007
Statesboro - Georgia Southern athletic director Sam Baker introduced Chris Hatcher as the Eagles new head football coach to a capacity crowd Friday morning in Bishop Field House.
Hatcher's hiring comes three days after Brian VanGorder resigned after just one season to become the linebackers coach with the Atlanta Falcons.
Chris Hatcher is the sixth head coach at Georgia Southern.
He takes over a program coming off a 3-8 season but returns 46 letterwinners.
With the timing of VanGorder's resignation, Sam Baker said Georgia Southern had to move quickly and that Chris Hatcher is someone who embodies everything he was looking for in a head coach.
Chris Hatcher leaves Valdosta State as the winningest coach in school history.
In seven seasons, his Blazers went 76-12, won four Gulf South Conference titles, made six consecutive playoff appearances and won the 2004 NCAA Division II national championship.
Valdosta State also won a record 35 consecutive regular season games and posted consecutive undefeated regular seasons in 2001 and 2002.
Before earning his first head coaching job at Valdosta State, Chris Hatcher was an assistant at the University of Kentucky and at the University of Central Florida.