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Deirdre Sallee Hatcher Named Middle School Girls Basketball Coach

The University School of Jackson announces alumna Deirdre Sallee Hatcher as the new Middle School Girls Basketball Coach.

Deirdre is a 1996 graduate of University School of Jackson and former Lady Bruin, who was selected as an All-State athlete while at USJ. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Appalachian State University while receiving a Division I basketball scholarship. Deirdre went on to earn a Master of Science degree in Counseling and Personnel Services from the University of Memphis.

She worked for ten years as a counselor and coach with Jackson Madison County Schools, including basketball coach at Tigrett Middle School and both volleyball and softball coach at Jackson Central Merry High School.

Hatcher says, “I am excited to join the coaching community at USJ. It is an amazing feeling to have the opportunity to coach where I developed a love for the game and coach alongside my mentor Tony Shutes. I look forward to the opportunity to help the girls develop as a team.”

Deirdre is married to 1996 USJ alumnus Kevin Hatcher. Together they have six children: Braden, Tyler, Chloe, Ella, and twins Lucas and Olivia.

Coach Hatcher will meet with USJ families this week. She will take over as Middle School Girls Head Coach immediately.

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