January 22, 2007
Quitman - New Georgia Southern coach Chris Hatcher believes you need to be prepared when you have an opportunity to achieve one of your goals.
It is a motto that made him a two-time All-American at Valdosta State.
And it also made him the winningest coach at his alma mater.
So, you know Chris Hatcher is prepared for his new challenge as head coach at Georgia Southern.
Three days after landing that job, Hatcher back in south Georgia to speak at the Brooks County High School football and cheerleading banquet.
When Hatcher accepted the speaking engagement he was the head coach at VSU.
But in a matter of one day, he now has a new job and some very difficult challenges in his first week.
First he has to hire a coaching staff.
And second he has to sign a recruiting class in two weeks.
Chris Hatcher said "Those two things are what we have got to do first. And then we have got to get in there and see what kind of players we have got. And try to find the best way to put them in a position to be successful."
Chris Hatcher confirmed he is taking three assistants from Valdosta State with him to Georgia Southern.
They are defensive coordinator Ashley Anders, offensive line coach Shawn Bostick and secondary coach Keith Hatcher who is Chris' cousin.
Hatcher's offensive coordinator at VSU David Dean was hired Friday as the Blazers new head football coach.