BY MARK K. CAMPBELL
There will be two fresh coaches on the shiny new hardwood when basketball season begins this winter.
Andrew McDorman will direct the boys’ varsity while Nicholas H. Hatten has been hired to lead the Lady Porcupines.
McDorman comes from 5A Northwest Eaton where he has been since 2015 as an assistant. He also was an assistant cross country coach.
Before that, McDorman spent two years at Sanger, coaching basketball and football.
He began his career at Springtown Middle School in 2012.
The SISD is no stranger to McDorman.
His father Jeff coached the Porcupines for three years from 2002-05.
Jeff is currently the head coach in Wimberly.
A brother of Andrew’s is the New Diana HS football offensive coordinator.
Andrew said, “Teaching and coaching runs in the family as you can tell.”
This season will be his seventh coaching and sixth as a science instructor.
McDorman graduated with honors from Texas State University, earning a degree in Exercise and Sports Science with a Biology teaching field.
McDorman has been married for four years and has a one-year-old daughter.
Hatten comes over from Graford.
After being a scholarship tennis player at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson, Mississippi, he graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education.
Hatten was the head hoops coach at Alexander Junior High in Mississippi before becoming an assistant at Millsap where he stayed two years.
There, Hatten returned MHS to the postseason for the first time in 12 years.
At his last stop, Hatten directed the Graford girls’ basketball teams as the head coach.
He returned Graford to the playoffs where the girls had not been in four years. The team tied for first place for the first time in six years.
He has developed players who have played at Southeastern University in Florida and Weatherford College.
Hatten has also been an assistant track and baseball coach.