Scott Hatten is entering his 13th season on the Lamar baseball staff and 15th overall with the program.
Hatten, who played for the Cardinals in 1992 and 1993, returned to Lamar in 2000 after spending five seasons as an assistant coach at New York Tech. His responsibilities included serving as third-base coach, hitting instructor and working with the outfielders. He also served as director of facilities.
Hatten served as an assistant coach at Beaumont Kelly High School for the 1999-2000 season under head coach Kyle Green, who also played and coached at Lamar.
At Lamar, Hatten works with the hitters and outfielders, as well as assisting with the day-to-day operations of the program. He also serves as coordinator of the Jim Gilligan Baseball Summer Camp.
"Scott has a tremendous work ethic and does a great job of working with the outfielders and hitters," said Gilligan. "He does a good job for us in recruiting and has really done a great job in setting up our summer and specialty camp programs."
During Hatten's tenure on the staff, the Cardinals have won two Southland Conference regular-season championships and three Southland Conference Tournament titles and appeared in four NCAA Regional Tournaments.
Lamar has been nationally ranked in five of the past nine seasons, including No. 22 in the final Collegiate Baseball poll in 2003. The Cardinals were ranked for five consecutive weeks during the 2004 season.
In addition, Lamar has set team records in batting average (.318 in 2003), hits (643 in 2003) and doubles (152 in 2001) during Hatten's tenure as hitting coach. Outfielder Jordan Foster (2001-2004) became the school's all-time leader in batting average (.374), hits (256) and doubles (63), and he remains the leader in the latter two departments.
Hatten began his collegiate career at New York Tech, where he lettered from 1990-1991. A left fielder, he helped New York Tech win the 1990 ECAC Diamond Conference Championship.
New York Tech suspended athletics for one year following the 1991 season, and Hatten transfered to Lamar for the 1992 and 1993 seasons. He batted .329 with seven home runs and 29 runs batted in in his final season at New York Tech.
As a senior in 1993, Hatten helped Lamar post a 44-18 record, and the Cardinals won the Sun Belt Conference regular season and tournament titles. Lamar earned an appearance in the NCAA Central I Regional in College Station.
In two seasons as a Cardinal, Hatten hit .263 with 56 runs scored, 36 runs batted in and 30 stolen bases. He batted .301 in 1992 and led the team with 18 stolen bases and 38 walks.
A native of Levittown, N.Y., Hatten prepped at Division Avenue High School, where he led the Dragons to the 1989 Long Island Championship and a spot in the state championship game. He batted .429 with 56 stolen bases that year and was named All-Long Island and all-conference.
Hatten is married to the former Kim Jones, and the couple has one daugher - Kaitlyn.
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