May 12, 2008

Seph Hatley Returns As Women's Basketball Assistant Coach

Indianapolis, Ind. - Women's basketball head coach Beth Couture announced the return of a familiar face to the Butler coaching staff for the 2008-09 season, as former assistant Seph Hatley rejoins the Bulldogs as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

"We're extremely happy to have Seph back," Couture said. "His experience and familiarity not only with me but with Butler and our program will really enhance our staff."

Hatley returns to the Indianapolis campus after spending the past two years working at the NCAA Championships Department.

Couture's first coaching hire when she arrived at Butler in 2002, Hatley spent four seasons as an assistant coach with the Bulldogs from 2002 to 2006, where he was instrumental in the program's turnaround.

During his tenure, the team improved from a 3-26 record the season before his arrival to a 15-14 mark in his final year.

Prior to his move to Indianapolis in 2002, Hatley had served as Couture's top assistant in her final season at Presbyterian College in 2001-02, helping the Blue Hose to a 21-9 record.

Before joining Couture on the sidelines, he spent two seasons on the opposite bench as the head women's basketball coach at Newberry College, a South Atlantic Conference foe of Presbyterian, from 1999 to 2001.

In addition to his previous head coaching experience, Hatley served as assistant women's basketball coach at his alma mater, Pfeiffer University, from 1996 to 1999. During that time, he also served as the head coach for cross country, assistant coach for softball and sports information director.

Hatley earned his degree in sports management from Pfeiffer in 1994 after spending two years at Florida State, where he earned an Associate of Arts degree in 1992.

He and his wife, Candace, were married in 2001. They have a five-month-old daughter, Teagan.

Hatley begins his duties with the team immediately.