Last updated: July 17. 2013 3:28PM - 651 Views
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Kyle Lovern

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HAZARD, Ky. – Former Williamson High School basketball coach Alan Hatcher has resigned as coach at Perry Central in Hazard, Ky. and could be headed back to the Mountain State.

Hatcher, who recently resigned from his job in Hazard, reportedly is interested in the Chapmanville High School coaching vacancy. That job came open after Harry Kirk resigned as coach of the Tigers..

Hatcher enjoyed some success during his tenure in Perry County. His teams made one appearance at the Sweet 16 in 2011 and also captured a district title in 2009.

Hatcher won a Class AA state championship in West Virginia back in 1983 while coaching at Williamson. The Wolfpack beat the legendary Northfork High School that season 66-60 in the finals led by Mark Cline.

Hatcher went to Perry Central in 2007, following a stint in Graves County, Ky. In the past, he also has had coaching positions at Marshall County, Ky. and at Western Kentucky University on his resume.

Hatcher began his career as an assistant coach under Willie Akers at his alma-mater Logan High School. His son Mark Hatcher is now the head coach at Logan and has been very successful for the Wildcats.

Hatcher’s brother Mark, who was a star for Logan back in the early 1970s, and his mother still live in the Logan area.

If the pursuit of the Chapmanville job comes to fruition for Hatcher, it could make for extra exciting games in the Logan-Chapmanville rivalry as father will coach against son.

Chapmanville returns all-state forward McKenzie Martin and is expected to have a good season.

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