How is Austin Hatch doing?

How is Austin Hatch doing?

Submitted by StephenRKass on January 19th, 2016 at 5:23 PM

I, like many of the readers here, was touched by the story of everything surrounding Austin Hatch. His recruitment, plane crash, then working himself back into shape, and joining the team. And finally, giving up his roster spot and taking a medical scholarship at Michigan. There was a post in October from a student with the username UMClassof2018 highlighting John Beilein talking to the Maize Rage which mentioned Hatch.

LINK:  Men's Basketball Updates.

The pertinent section:

He [Beilein] also talked about Austin Hatch and how important he is to the team. He said he works out with the team 2-3 times a week to keep his body in shape, and his role is now doing some things that players/coaches don't have as much time to do (i.e. visits to Mott). He also said he views Austin as another son of his, which was pretty cool.

I would love to hear any updates on Austin . . . how school is going, if he is still working out with the team, and in what capacity he helps out the team. He always seemed like such a class act, who dealt with a horrible tragedy as graciously as possible. This disaster also highlighted John Beilein and his character.


Some Men's Basketball Updates/Tidbits

Some Men's Basketball Updates/Tidbits

Submitted by UMClassOf2018 on October 13th, 2015 at 2:19 PM

Last night John Beilein made an appearance at the Maize Rage meeting, along with Derrick Walton and Zak Irvin. While there, he spoke to us and answered some questions that revealed some pretty interesting tidbits that may not have been talked about much yet. Some of the highlights of what he said:


---DJ Wilson is up 35 pounds. Not sure if that was from when he go here or just over the summer, but it's impressive either way.

---Irvin should return from his back surgery soon, and when he does, it will be the first time their "Core Four" of Irvin, Walton, Caris, and Spike will have all been healthy at the same time since Walton got hurt against Villanova.

---In terms of rotations, he doesn't really expect to expand past playing nine guys even though they have more depth this year. He likes eight man rotations, but because of the depth, will add a ninth spot.

---He said he likes to play guys like Irvin and Walton 30-35 minutes a game to keep them in their rhythm (he only mentioned them as they were sitting right there; I assume that applies to Caris as well, with Spike not far behind). Other than that, he expects the other guys to just fill in minutes where they are available. Based on this, my conjecture for the rotation would be Walton, Irvin, Caris, Spike, Doyle, Dawkins, DJ, Donnal, and one of MAAR or Chatman.

---One guy who's missing? Moritz Wagner. Beilein said he expects him to be really good "one day". Right now he said he's a bit awkward and gets banged around a bunch because he had never lifted weights before in Germany. However, he's up to 228 pounds (up from 210 or 215 when he got to AA, I can't remember which one), and Beilein expects him to be up around 245 soon. Didn't say, but I wouldn't be surprised to see a redshirt coming for Wagner.

---Another guy who's missing: Duncan Robinson. I would expect him to work his way into the rotation at some point, but now Beilein sounded as if that wouldn't happen right away. He said Duncan's shooting numbers in practice compare to Nik Stauskas', but that he is a little tenative and "we're trying to get him to stop asking for permission to shoot." Sounds like once he gains some confidence, he'll be key off the bench.

---He also talked about Austin Hatch and how important he is to the team. He said he works out with the team 2-3 times a week to keep his body in shape, and his role is now doing some things that players/coaches don't have as much time to do (i.e. visits to Mott). He also said he views Austin as another son of his, which was pretty cool.

---Last thing, has nothing to do with the players themselves, but Beilein said he wants to totally revamp player introductions and do something different. He hates the intro videos and how it takes everyone's attention away from the court and up to the video board. This year, he wants to do something involving the students making noise and being pumped up to introduce players, but we're not sure what that would be, and then having a different way to actually call out the players' names.

Austin Hatch: One in 11,560,000,000,000,000

Austin Hatch: One in 11,560,000,000,000,000

Submitted by Maison Bleue on April 3rd, 2015 at 3:59 PM

Great Austin Hatch story from LINK

"He's like a father figure to me," Hatch said of Beilein. "I've lost that, and he's a lot like my father in terms of the quality man he is and how solid he is in character, goals and integrity. He's a family man who genuinely cares about people. So, it's really been a blessing for me to be involved in a program that's led by a man like him."
"Not only is he a father figure to me and all my brothers. And by 'my brothers,' I'm referring to my teammates. He does everything the right way -- he doesn't ever sacrifice honesty or integrity. The man is truly one of a kind." That comment made Hatch think of his own father, a doctor who always made time for him and loved family deeply, and a question he was asked about his father in an ESPN feature that aired Feb. 8.
"Chris Connelly asked me, 'Were you ever angry at your father?' I said, 'Never, never. My father was the man of the millennium.' In terms of how genuinely caring and solid as Coach Beilein is, Coach Beilein's right there with him. I've been very blessed to have such great men in my life."

Is somebody cutting onions in here?

EDIT: Austin's name now in the title, because LongLiveBo asked so nicely.

Austin Hatch named "Most Courageous" by USBWA -- Award at Final Four

Austin Hatch named "Most Courageous" by USBWA -- Award at Final Four

Submitted by Michigasling on February 17th, 2015 at 9:05 PM

Austin Hatch will receive the United States Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award at their annual luncheon during the Final Four in Indianapolis.

Official Release.

May not be the way he dreamed of reaching the Final Four, but it may mean even more now.

Austin Hatch article on

Austin Hatch article on

Submitted by mgobluth on February 9th, 2015 at 11:13 AM

Today must be Autsin Hatch day at ESPN (I''m not opposed to making this a national holiday).

At 6PM on ESPNU, the full version of the SC Featured story on Hatch will be aired. But if you want a Hatch fix right now, I highly suggest you read Dana O'Neil's piece on Hatch.

I love this kid's story and am so proud he represents our university the way he does. A true inspiration to us all.


HITNAPY: College Gameday Michigan Thread

HITNAPY: College Gameday Michigan Thread

Submitted by B-Nut-GoBlue on January 24th, 2015 at 11:25 AM

How is this not already posted yet. Gameday at Michigan.

Inspiring segment on Austin Hatch just a moment ago. Was neat to see J. Will pretty humbled and honored to meet him and sit with him for a few moments. Beilein was great as always!

Harbaugh has to make an appearance in a bit, right?!


Edited to make a better acronym.

Austin Hatch scores against Wayne State

Austin Hatch scores against Wayne State

Submitted by michWolves2580 on November 10th, 2014 at 8:59 PM

At the game in Crisler. Austin Hatch just checked into the game. The bench stood up in anticipation every time Austin touched the ball. With less than a minute left Austin got fouled and missed his first free throw. After a deep breath and a second with his eyes closed, Austin put the ball straight through the rim, nothing but net.


It's unbelievable to think that just 3 short years after surviving his 2nd plane crash, after relearning how to breathe, eat, and walk, Austin has scored in a Division 1 basketball game. Amazing credit to Austin as a person and credit to John Beilein for giving him the opportunity. Go Blue

MBB: Italy Tour Game 1 Stats & Quotes (M Wins, Hatch Plays)

MBB: Italy Tour Game 1 Stats & Quotes (M Wins, Hatch Plays)

Submitted by Ace on August 17th, 2014 at 4:53 PM

The men's basketball team defeated the Perugia Select Team, 99-60, in the opening game of their Italy exhibition tour. Zak Irvin led the way with 27 points on 10/13 (5/8 2PT, 5/5 3PT) shooting, followed by freshmen Kam Chatman and Ricky Doyle chipping in 12 apiece. Most importantly, Austin Hatch entered the game for the last few minutes, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd:

The full box score, which was compiled by hand by the Michigan staff—hence no minutes played tally—is below (click to embiggen):

Visual proof of Irvin being Not Just A Shooter™:

Postgame quotes from John Beilein, Hatch, and more courtesy of the athletic department:

Michigan Head Coach John Beilein

On the opening victory on U-M's Italian exhibition tour ... "Offensively, that first quarter was not what I was expecting. With us playing so well offensively that led to us playing so well defensively. You don't know what to expect in games like these. The first quarter was probably a little above what I thought we would do. The last three quarters were a little more predictable for a team on a trip like we are on."

On what he learned that will help going into the next game ... "We will have 48 hours before our next game. This film will be invaluable. There will be plenty of it that will coach the coaches on what we have to teach better. The second part is we will have a chance to sit down with players on the train tomorrow when we go to Verona. It will be just a great teaching tool."

On getting Austin Hatch getting into the last three minutes of the game ... "It was a special moment. Austin even led us in the fight song after the game was over. It's something he has worked very hard for. It was a great moment for our team; however, it was truly special for Austin and his grandfather, Jim, who was here in the stands."

Freshman Austin Hatch

On getting into the game ... "(long pause) As you can imagine it has been a heck of a journey to get here. Playing basketball at the University of Michigan has been my goal since I was a little kid. It was unreal to be here and to have actually played a game. I really feel like I have that game under my belt now and I really feel like a Michigan basketball player."

On almost getting an opportunity to score ... "I am not going to take a shot if it is not the right point in the game. For example if I have an open three and I have a teammate who is open under the basket, you better believe I am going to be passing it to him. Yeah, it would be cool if I made a three. It would be a good story, but I am about my team and my teammates."

On leading the team in 'The Victors' ... "It was unreal. To lead the team in the fight song after the game is a big tradition. I learned that early on in the recruiting process and watched U-M sing it a lot on my visits. I always thought to myself, 'I hope someday I am in position to be able to do that.' Just like everything else that happened today, it was just unreal to be able to do that."

Sophomore Zak Irvin

On his opening 27-point, 11-rebound game ..."I really shot the ball well today; however, I have to give my teammates credit because they were looking for me and getting me the ball. The big thing for me was getting to the hole and I was able to do that. I was able to score inside and outside. It was a great start for us, a great game and hopefully we can keep this going."

On U-M's red hot first quarter ... "We came out shooting the ball really well. That just speaks volumes for our team. We are all looking for each other and playing unselfish basketball."

On how this team progressed ... "We are a growing team. There were a lot of things that went well today, but there is plenty we still have to work on. We can do better communicating and on the defensive end. We came out to Italy and had a great game, but we also just have to enjoy and really take in everything on this trip."

On Austin Hatch getting into the game ..."It was great to see that, especially after everything that Austin has been through. To see him step out onto that floor just meant so much. I have known Austin since the eighth grade so to see him out there playing was just incredible. I hope he is able to do that a lot more during this trip and beyond."

Freshman Ricky Doyle

On playing his first game in a Michigan jersey ... "It was a lot of fun. Finally getting out there with all these guys was a great experience. There is a lot more to come. It's going to be a great year."

On Austin Hatch getting into the game ..."He has been through so much and for him to be out here with us, it is phenomenal. He is part of our family. He is one of our brothers. Seeing him going out there was just as important to all of us as it is to him."