Hatcher's surgery has been tentatively planned for May 25, though it could be moved up to next week, he said.
Hospital life is nothing new for Hatcher, although he's used to being on the other side of the equation. He works as a school nurse in Logan County and also works at Thomas Memorial on weekends and during the summer.
"Being a nurse and being a coach, it's a little weird mixture,'' he said.
Hatcher has become well known around the state for the job he's done at Logan, leading his program to the 2010 Class AAA championship, as well as the 2005 AA title. His 12-year record at the school is 210-100.
Throughout his ordeal, Hatcher said good wishes and support have flowed in from his coaching counterparts, as well as others he's never met.
"I've had a lot of support,'' he said, "from my family, my friends, the school system, my wife, my kids, the coaching fraternity, the Tri-State Preps people, the Internet boards. They've reached out - and I appreciate everything.
"It's been coaches I've had great rivalries with and great friendships with, and even some I don't coach against, and they just know a little bit about me and send me stuff. People have reached out and showed how much they care and support me. It's unbelievable. I couldn't ask for more help or prayers or thoughts. It's been pretty great.''
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