Basketball: Edwards tabbed as Hatch’s replacement; Northwest hires new head boys basketball coach

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, August 18, 2018
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The Northwest Texans did not have to look far to find Mike Hatch’s replacement.

Northwest Executive Athletic Director Joel Johnson announced Travis Edwards, who has served as an assistant for the Texans the past six seasons, as the new head boys basketball coach Thursday.

“He’s been a huge part of the success Northwest has had the past several years,” Johnson said. “He’s a great teacher and wants to keep this thing going in the direction it’s been. It just made sense for him to take over.”

Hatch left to take a position at Southern Methodist University two weeks ago. He had served as the Texans’ head coach since 2008. Under his direction, Northwest emerged as a perennial powerhouse.

The Texans made the state tournament the past two years, falling in the 5A title game to Port Arthur in March. Over the past three seasons, Northwest is 93-26.

Last year, Hatch picked up his 600th career victory.

“This guy is going to go in the Texas Coaching Hall of Fame,” Edwards said. “There’s no way to fill his shoes. I’m just going to try and keep our program going the way it’s going. Hopefully we can maintain its momentum.”

Edwards joined Hatch’s staff in 2012 and had previously been the head coach at Richardson and Cleburne.

He now inherits one of the top programs in 5A, headlined by all-state guard Avery Anderson.

“I don’t think words can really explain how much I love this school and this program,” Edwards said. “I couldn’t be more pleased. It’s a great opportunity for me.

“The relationship we have with our guys is awesome. We’re all kind of a big family here. They trust us, and we trust them. That’s what has translated into success.”

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