The baseball season hasn’t yet started for the Daleville Warhawks but they already have a new coach as New Brockton assistant Taylor Hatcher was hired on Wednesday, Feb. 19, as the school’s new head baseball coach.
Hatcher replaces former coach Justin Hendrix following his controversial departure from DHS despite having not yet coached a game.
Despite having less than a week to get his team ready for its season opener, Hatcher was excited for the opportunity that presented itself at Daleville.
“It’s something I’ve been interested in,” Hatcher said of becoming a head coach. “It’s a great community and a tight knit city school, and I was really interested in getting in and being able to teach those kids.”
Daleville’s baseball season starts this Thursday, Feb. 27, on the road against Kinston and Hatcher knows it will be an uphill climb for him and his team.
“It’s going to be tough but it’s a situation where we’ll just have to get in and work and learn and teach as much as we can,” he emphasized. “I’ve got a chance to meet the players and I think they’re willing to do the work and to learn.”
Hatcher said he’s not concentrating as much on wins and losses right now but simply wants to teach his players.
“I just want to teach the players fundamentals and a love for baseball,” Hatcher said. “We want to have consistency with the way we do things and hopefully that produces what we want it to produce, which is to be disciplined and have good character on the field along with good young men in the classroom. Hopefully that turns into wins.”
Before coming to Daleville Hatcher has spent time as an assistant coach at Geneva County, Pike County and New Brockton. He’s also coached football at both New Brockton and Geneva County. Hatcher will also be an assistant football coach at Daleville.
Hatcher is a Hartford native having played high school baseball and football at Geneva County alongside Daleville football coach and athletic director Desmond Lett. Hatcher hopes that familiarity will help the coaching staff mesh moving forward.
“I’ve known him since we were younger,” Hatcher said of Lett. “We played football and baseball together, so I’ve known him most of my life and I graduated with his brother.”