Howard Gayle Hatch
2004 - Wrestling Coach - Delaware

DATE OF BIRTH: May 7, 1939

  • BIRTH PLACE: Muskogee, Oklahoma
  • TRIBE: Delaware
  • EDUCATION: Baton Rouge Catholic High School
    Northwestern State, Louisiana
  • SPORTS DATA: Weightlifting Coach, Basketball

  • 1961 Started in Basketball at Northwestern State (LA)
  • Twelve time National Coach of Year (weightlifting)
  • U.S.A. Senior, U.S. International Coach who served as "Credentials Coach" (90KG class) at the 1988 and 1992 Olympic Games.
  • Served as head coach for the 1989 Junior World Team and head coach for the 1989 Pan Am Team.
  • "Meet Director" for the 2000 Olympic weightlifting trials at Alario Center, Westwego.
  • USA Olympic Weightlifting Hall of Fame (April, 2001)
  • USA Strength Coaches Hall of Fame (April, 2003)
  • Northwestern State University Athletic Hall of Fame (February, 2003)
  • USA masters Weightlifting Hall of Fame (April, 2002)
  • Louisiana Weightlifting Hall of Fame (June, 2003)
  • Louisiana Strength & Conditioning Hall of Fame (May, 2003)
  • Coach Hatch’s weightlifting team members have been selected to forty-one (two of these were in the Olympics) U.S. International teams and won forty-three national Championships. He coached Tommy Calandro (1984 Olympian) as well as Bret Brian (1988 and 1992 Olympian).
  • In December 1961, he scored forty-four points for Northwestern State (LA) against Kentucky Wesleyan; they were ranked third in the nation. Hatch’s 18 field goals made out of twenty-one attempts in that game is not only still a school record but also ranks as one of college basketballs all-time best.