15 - Kevin Hatch
Kevin Hatch
Height: 5-9
Weight: 180
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School: Freeman HS '05
Position: DB
Experience: 3L*

Career: With 150 career tackles, he is just 50 from earning a spot on Eastern's top 25 all-time list. He has the most starts among returning defensive players with 24.

2009: Listed as a starter at free safety on EWU's preseason depth chart. In the spring, he was presented an "Iron Eagle" Award for his off-season academic and athletic achievements.

2008: Started all 11 games at free safety. He had a season-high 10 tackles against Colorado (9/6/08) and closed the season with six tackles and an interception he returned 73 yards for a touchdown against Weber State (11/22/08). His return gave Eastern a 27-7 lead in the third quarter of Eastern's 33-26 victory over the regular-season Big Sky champion and playoff-bound Wildcats.

2007: Started all 13 games at free safety after injuries sidelined Gregor Smith and Jesse Hoffman for the season. With four interceptions for the season, he ranked 51st in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (sixth in the Big Sky) with an average of .31 per game. He closed the year with the team's top tackling performance of the season with 15 in a quarterfinal loss to Appalachian State (12/1/07) in the FCS Playoffs. He had the team's big play of the week in his starting debut against Montana-Western (8/31/07) when he finished with five tackles and a pair of interceptions. He also had an interception in the next game versus UC Davis (9/15/07) and one in the first round of the FCS Playoffs against McNeese State (11/24/07). He served on Eastern's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC).

2006: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Saw action as a reserve cornerback and special teams player. He was the team's special teams player of the week against Weber State (11/4/06) when he finished with a season-high four tackles. He also had the team's big play of the week one game earlier versus Northern Arizona (10/28/06). He also competed for EWU's track and field team in the pole vault and high jump in winter 2006. He had a season-best 14-4 3/4 pole vault to place sixth at the Big Sky Indoor Championships.

2005: Redshirted. He was the team's defensive scout team player of the week once.

HS: Graduated from Freeman HS in 2005. Was the Inland Northwest Junior Athlete of the Year in 2004. He was a first team All-State running back as a senior after helping lead Freeman to a 12-0 record before the team suffered its first loss in the State 1A Championship game. He was a three-time State 1A champion in the pole vault (2003-2005) and won two titles in the high jump (2004-2005). He also won titles in the long jump (2005) and triple jump (2003). All of those competitions took place at Woodward Field during the State 2A/1A/B Track and Field Championships. He had school records in all four events, with marks of 15-3 (pole vault), 6-8 (high jump), 23-2 (long jump) and triple jump (44-9 1/4). As a senior, Freeman finished as the State 1A runner-up as Hatch won three individual titles. Freeman also finished second when he was a junior and won the title his sophomore season. He also lettered in basketball.

Personal: Born 8/16/86 in Spokane, Wash. Management information systems major.

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