All posts for the month May, 2017

Darron Boatright, Wichita State Athletic Director

Darron Boatright is a native of Marshall County and was named Director of Athletics at Wichita State in 2016 after serving as the department’s chief operating officer, then interim director, since April 2015.

Darron discusses the lessons he learned from his dad while coaching his own son and the challenges of Mark Gottfried to add value to a program while at Murray State University, then onto the wild west atmosphere of the SEC (Southeastern Conference) and the University of Alabama.

There are somethings you do for a paycheck and Darron will tell you there are others that you do for the love of a sport he reveals a personal project and discovery he made that spans generations of Legendary National Championship Basketball Coaches.

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Allan Hatcher coached the Marshall County High School Boys Basketball team for 6 seasons and won 4 Regional championships.  Willie Akers,  Jerry West, Joe B. Hall, Rick Pitino, C.M. Newton, Terry Birdsong, John Solomon, Mitch Cothran and Barry Goheen are just a few of the people mentioned in this interview.

These were exciting times in the Marshall County High School Basketball programs where the teams played consistently in front crowds exceeding 5,000 people.  Coach Hatcher talks about the importance of community involvement, playing tough competition and his efforts that prepared players to be successful in their adult roles and responsibilities.