For more than four decades, Bob Hatch was synonymous with athletics at Bates College. Hatch joined the staff in September, 1949 as a freshman coach and physical education instructor. When he retired in the spring of 1991, Hatch was director of athletics and chairman of the physical education department.
During this remarkable tenure, Hatch served in several capacities including head coach of football 1952-1972; head coach of baseball 1951-1954; acting head coach of track 1964-1965; and assistant director of athletics 1965-1973. For many years, he also served as head golf coach.
The 1966 Bates football team won the first outright CBB (Colby-Bates-Bowdoin) championship in the series which replaced the Maine State Series. The Bobcats won the title again in 1967. Bates' football under Hatch, a firm fundamentalist, included several variations of the T-formation, the spread and the I-formation.
An outstanding athlete at Melrose High, Hatch played football, basketball, hockey and baseball. He enrolled at Boston University in the fall of 1942. Early the following year, he joined the Marine Corps, qualified for duty with a parachute battalion and spent 18 months in the Pacific Theater of Operations.
He returned to B.U. in 1946 and graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor's degree in physical education. As an undergraduate at B.U. Hatch excelled in tennis and golf, played varsity baseball and football. He was captain of the Terriers football team in 1948.
Following his senior season, Hatch was selected as a started in the North-South Shrine game. He was drafted by the New York Giants of the NFL and the New York Yankees of the All-America Conference.
Having already put his career "on hold' for World War II, Hatch declined pro football and accepted Bates' invitation. It was his first job and last.
He was elected to the B.U. Hall of Fame in 1980. Among his professional memberships, Hatch served as president of the New England Colleges Football Coaches Association 1971-1973 and president of the New England Golf Coaches Association 1971-1972.
Bob and his wife Lorraine live in Lewiston. They have three children, Lynda, Michael and Karen.
Maine Sports Hall of Fame
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The Maine Sports Hall of Fame was established in 1972 for the purpose of: 1) appointing and bestowing recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes; and, 2) to formally honor and memorialize Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction and honor to the state of Maine.