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Head Coach: Austin Hatch ( ahatch@heights.edu ) coach-picture

Austin Hatch brings 20 years of coaching experience to The Heights basketball program. He is the head varsity coach; he also directs the lower school intramural league, the summer basketball camp, and Heights Basketball clinics.

Hatch’s resume includes coaching at every level from lower school to NCAA men’s basketball. He was as an assistant coach at St. John’s College High School from 1996 to 2003. Hatch’s first coaching experience was a successful run in the WCAC. His freshman team went 19-3 including sweeps of DeMatha and Gonzaga. In their senior year the members of that class of Cadets won the 2000 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament championship. Hatch’s work helped then head coach Paul DeStefano be named WCAC Coach of the Year.

From 2008-10, Hatch was head varsity basketball coach at The Heights before moving his family to Houston, Texas to serve as assistant headmaster, athletic director, teacher, and basketball coach at Western Academy.

Twice Hatch has been an assistant at the Catholic University of America. In 2003-04, Hatch designed and directed the Cards’ preseason strength and conditioning program. He returned to his alma mater in the 2015-16 season to serve as assistant to Steve Howes. The CUA men’s team reached the NCAA tournament in each of those seasons. Hatch played collegiate basketball his freshman year at Western Maryland – now McDaniel College – in Westminster, Md., and was named team Rookie of the Year. He transferred to CUA for his final three seasons. During Hatch’s senior year (1995-96), the Cardinals won the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season championship and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. He was a CoSIDA Academic All-American.

Hatch began teaching at The Heights in 2004 and currently teaches Freshman Core and The History of Western Thought. He has been a director or instructor at multiple basketball camps, including The Heights School, Western Academy, St. John’s College High School, The Naval Academy, South Lakes High School, Bishop Ireton High School, and Mt. St. Mary’s Mason-Dixon Basketball Camp.

Austin Hatch is the son of James and Patricia Hatch. His father taught and coached for more than 50 years, most of them at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Virginia. Austin and Elizabeth have seven children: Kiley, John Austin, Samuel, Beatrice, Flannery, Ezekiel, and Nate.