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Gary Hatch is revered by many as not only the best coach, but the best man they know. This statement is common among those who coached and played with or against him. There are many traits that Hatch possesses that separates him from others, but the most impressive ones are his constant quest for knowledge, his extraordinary ability to communicate, his unbelievable talent to motivate, and his tireless work ethic. As an athlete, Hatch played three sports at Sehome High School. He went on to play baseball at Brigham Young University which led him to an appearance in the College World Series.
After college, Gary Hatch returned to his alma mater, Sehome High School, to teach for 42 years. Hatch taught Social Studies, Physical Education, and Health. He began his coaching career in 1973 as the assistant coach for both baseball and football. He remained the assistant football coach for 30 years, but became the head baseball coach in 1980. After 35 years of being the head coach of Sehome High School baseball, he accumulated 532 wins, numerous league and district championships, 3 state titles, and 29 Sehome players who were selected 1st team All-State. In addition to his success on the field, Hatch was inducted into the Washington State Baseball Hall of Fame in 1993. In 1998 he was the Washington State Coach of the Year, and was also named the NWC Baseball Coach of the Year in both 2007 and 2010.
Outside of Sehome High School, Gary Hatch coached the U-16 team for USA baseball. Hatch was the pitching coach in 2006 and the head coach in 2007. Both teams won gold medals. In 2011 Hatch began a short stint as the Head Coach of the Bellingham Bells taking them from being a struggling franchise to a true contender. He has also spent 33 years as the Director of Grand Slam Youth Baseball Camp in Bellingham. Currently, he continues to work as a baseball coach and instructor at the Inside Pitch Baseball Academy where he teaches countless numbers of kids to play baseball, builds their confidence, and teaches them the value of good sportsmanship.