Austin Hatch held a quite remarkable press conference today, speaking publicly for the first time since surviving his second plane crash in the summer of 2011. A Fort Wayne TV station posted a report with video from the press conference (video embedded in a reply), and there's also a report from the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette (from which I took the thread title):
"Aside from the physical trauma that I suffered in the accident and recovered from that, the emotional pain will never fully subside," said Hatch, whose news conference was streamed live.
"Dealing with the loss of my best friend and coach and teacher and No. 1 fan in Dr. Stephen Hatch, who was also my father," Hatch said, "he was an incredible man and taught me everything I know. The things I learned from him are the work ethic needed to succeed, determination … those traits I acquired from him are the ones that saved my life."
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His uncle, coach and Hatch himself confirmed Hatch still is not ready to return to the court competitively.
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Hatch recently signed a letter of intent to Michigan, but was unsure what his role with the team would be, whether as a manager or a practice player.
But Wolverines coach John Beilein still honored the scholarship.
"He expects me to be a part of Michigan basketball, whether on the court or off," Hatch said.