Pearl River Community College tabbed 38-year-old Tim Hatten as the Wildcats new head football coach. The 1987 Southern Miss graduate was a two-year letterman at PRCC (1983-85) and is thankful for his new coaching assignment.
Hatten said, "Being around home and back in the Hattiesburg area is a big deal for me and my family. No other situation could be any more right for me then this situation. I met my wife (Cindy) there when she was a cheerleader. I'm very excited about this opportunity. I'm looking forward to the challenge."
Hatten, a Sumrall native, spent the past 14 years coaching at Haines City High School in Haines City, Florida. He took over the head football coaching job there in 1993. In nine seasons his overall record was 75-29.
PRCC President William Lewis said, "We feel very fortunate in such a short period of time to be able to identify a high quality football coach to lead our program. We feel really good about the fact that he is a Pearl River alumnus and that he has a history of stable employment in the coaching field."
Hatten replaces Coach Tucker Peavey, who resigned his position as head football coach earlier this month to accept the athletic director and head football coaching position at Brookhaven High School.
In 1997, Hatten was selected as Florida Athletics Coaches Association District 11 Coach of the Year. He received the same honor in 1999 after leading the team to a 12-2 record and the state 5A semifinals.