Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Gaston's winningest hoops coach retires

Gastonia Ashbrook boys' coach Marty Hatchell, the winningest basketball coach in Gaston County, has retired.

Hatchell, 52, coached 11 years at Ashbrook, after 13 years at Bessemer City. He was 379-228 in 24 years, including one season as coach of Bessemer City's girls.

Hatchell won eight conference championships (four at each school), and five sectional titles. He guided Bessemer City to the 1991 state title game. He will continue as a physical education teacher.

His replacement is Chad Duncan, Ashbrook's first-year athletic director, who has coached basketball 16 years. Duncan was at Wilmington Ashley High from 2001 to 2008.

- Cliff Mehrtens


Anonymous said...

Coach Hatchell was a decent coach,maybe his system didn't allow him to win some state titles.I remember this guy back in my days at BCity1989-90) who had transferred from Ashbrook
and Hatchell would not play him over the players he had in place.Hatchell would have had a
better team in 1990 than 1991 if he would have played that guy.The guy was like a JJ Redick type shooter and could pass and jump,wander what ever become of him and if he played in college.
I just wander how many coaches just like Hatchell did talents like that.Some of them if he played maybe would have gotten a look by a college and maybe a scholarship. Best wishes