A former Lamar player for head coach Jim Gilligan, Scott Hatten has turned into one of his most successful assistants as he enters his 14th season as a member of the coaching staff.
Hatten, who also played for the Cardinals during the 1992 and 1993 seasons, works primarily with the hitters and the outfielders. He also helps assists in the day-to-day operations of the program while coordinating the Jim Gilligan Baseball Camps.
In just 13 years, Hatten has helped engineer a Cardinal offense that has set or broken 35 team and individual records. He's also helped guide the Cards to two Southland Championships, three Southland Tournament crowns and four NCAA Regional appearances. Lamar as been nationally ranked in five of his seasons, including No. 22 in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2003.
Jordan Foster, one of Hatten's most prolific pupils, set career records in batting average (.374), hits (256) and doubles (63) under his direction, earning All-American designation and a place on the Southland Conference's All-Decade team. He was also part of a team that set team records in batting average (.318 in 2003), hits (643 in 2003) and doubles (152 in 2001).
Foster wasn't the only player to earn national honors under Hatten, as catcher Michael Ambort, who holds LU's all-time home run record with 38, earned the accolade in 2005. He was one of 14 hitters also take home ABCA All-Region honors since Hatten joined the program, and he's one of 35 to garner a spot on the All-Southland team.
Hatten, a native of Levittown, N.Y., began his coaching career at New York Tech, spending five seasons there before joining the Lamar staff. He also began his collegiate playing career at the school, hitting .329 with 29 runs batted in before transferring to Lamar prior to the 1992 season.
As a Card, Hatten helped the Red and White to the 1993 Sun Belt Championship, winning the conference tournament and earning a bid to an NCAA Regional in College Station. He completed his LU career with a .263 average, 56 runs, 36 RBI and 30 steals.
Hatten is married to the former Kim Jones, and the couple has one daughter, Kaitlyn.