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Meet the candidates: Chris Hatcher

Throughout the day, KSR is profiling who we’re hearing are the top candidate for UK’s offensive coordinator position. First, we profiled ECU’s Lincoln Riley. Next up, Murray State head coach Chris Hatcher…


Current position: Head Coach, Murray State
Age: 41
Alma Mater: Valdosta State (1991-1994)

Coaching history:

2010 – present: Murray State
2007 – 2009: Georgia Southern
2000 – 2006: Valdosta State
1999: Kentucky (QB/WR)
1997 – 1998: Kentucky (GA)
1996: UCF (QB/TE)

Offensive philosophy: Air Raid

Hatcher played under Hal Mumme and offensive coordinator Mike Leach at Valdosta State and coached with both at Kentucky during Mumme’s tenure. At UK, he coached quarterbacks and wide receivers, including Tim Couch, and also coached alongside Sonny Dykes. After Mumme resigned, Hatcher took the Air Raid to Valdosta State and rebranded it the “Hatch Attack.” The Hatch Attack is very similar to the Air Raid, with the same route concepts, blocking schemes, and plays, but the tempo is even faster.

Current offensive statistics: 

Scoring: 36.6 points per game, 439 total; 468.8 yards per game, 5,625 total (3,931 passing, 1,694 rushing)
Passing: 327.6 passing yards per game, 352-531 (66%) for 3,931 yards, 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions
First downs: 293 total (89 rushing, 180 passing, 24 penalty)

Of note…

Hatcher was on Kentucky’s sidelines during the UK/UofL game Saturday at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. It’s safe to assume that Mark Stoops knew Neal Brown was taking the Troy job by that point, so you have to think that means Hatcher is already under consideration.

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13 Comments for Meet the candidates: Chris Hatcher

  1. Hakmer
    3:30 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

    i know it’s murray state, but why would you consider giving up a head coaching job, any head coaching job, for a demotion, unless the money is that much better?

    • J-Dub421
      3:41 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

      He would probably make 2-3 times what he’s making now as OC at UK.

  2. Katya
    3:32 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

    Please don’t. No FCS guys on a team that’s trying to compete in the SEC.

    • Time Expired
      3:39 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

      I do hope they are listening to you Katya

    • Kyblue34
      4:19 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

      I totally agree with you, Katya!

    • secrick
      4:28 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

      Don’t think Alabama’s OC is knocking at the door, or any other OCS in the top 25.

    • Katya
      4:52 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

      Because I said I wanted Bama’s. Nice try Tardinal.

  3. helixvortexv2
    3:39 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

    I think coming off a 3-9 season he may be looking to leave. He had 5 games that they scored over 36 points. 73-26 against Union College and Against KY Wesleyan 86-29. He lost to UL 66-21. I know it is Murray St. Lincoln Riley seems to be a better fit if you were looking at only points from his previous team.

    • Time Expired
      3:41 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

      Riley is certainly my pick if available since he has been coaching in the big time already.

  4. Blue_Cat75
    4:06 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

    I think anyone can put 2 and 2 together and realize that Hatch is done at Murray St. and coming to UK. You don’t stand on the sideline with another school if you still have a job at yours.

  5. BigBlueSean
    4:15 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

    Multiple sources from UK saying Eddie Gran is the guy

    • cats paw
      4:45 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

      Those sources are your multiple personalities speaking to you again!

    • Time Expired
      4:52 pm December 1, 2014 Permalink

      Hi there cats paw ole buddy who do you want at OC?