Players can't suit up until they can make their mile time-6: 30 minutes for guards, 6: 45 for the posts. But Hatchell would rather miss practice time on the court than a session in the weight room. "I think that's one area where you can gain an advantage on your opponents, because on this level everybody's got talented players and every- body's good, but if you can do a better job in the weight room and your players are stronger, that really shows. And men- tally, it does better." Business discipline. "When I talk to the CEOs of big busi- nesses, I tell them they ought to be standing in line to interview my players. I know those kids have the discipline. They will be punc- tual, velY loyal to the people above them, they know about worlcing with
people, about teamwork, about how they
can get so much more accomplished with
the team than they can by themselves.
"My players have all those qualities that
CEOs pay those big bucks to train their
people, because they have to have that to
be on a championship team," said Hatchell,
whose team. was the first from the ACC
to win the NCAA championship title.
"We're hard on them. We push them
hard, but the bottom line is that they know
that we care about them, that we're here
for them.." And that this program holds the
possibility of getting your picture made
with the president.
Van Hatchell, the coach's 6-year-old
son, wants to play for the Lady Tar Heels
when he grows up. His second home is
the gym, between his mom'sjob and his
dad's-Sanmly Hatchell is basketball coach
at Meredith College.
Lucky lcid. His mom
couldn't even play
basketball in high
school- the rural
schools had girls'
teams, but the larger
schools such as
Hunter Huss in
Gastonia did not.
H atchell had
grown up beating the
boys on the basket-
ball court; in football
season they still
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