A Conyers native, Hatton played lacrosse at Rockdale County High School before moving on to Tennessee Wesleyan College, where she was a three-year letter-winner. A member of the 2011 Tennessee Wesleyan team that played for a national title, she accepted a position as the first coach at Midland University in Fremont, Neb.
Hatton led Midland to a 14-16 record in two seasons.
Hatton said that she had several coaching opportunities, but she liked what Reinhardt has to offer.
“I chose Reinhardt because I really like the campus here,” Hatton said in a release from the university. “I wanted to continue coaching at the collegiate level, but this is close to home for me.”
Hatton sees her familiarity with north Georgia as an asset.
“I’ve played in this area and coached in this league, so I have a great knowledge of the talent level and what it takes to play at this level,” she said.
Athletic director Bill Popp praised the hire.
“Christine is a very dynamic, young coach who is passionate about the sport of women’s lacrosse,” Popp said in the release. “I am certain that she will take our program to the next level in the National Women’s Lacrosse League, and eventually in the NAIA as well.”
Reinhardt struggled to a 3-9 record last season, winning its final two games.
Hatton hopes to alter the course of the Lady Eagles’ program by getting back to the basics. She has already set goals for the team for the summer and fall.
“Preseason, we definitely need to work on fundamentals.” she said. “There are a lot of inexperienced players on the roster that we need to get up to the same level as everybody else. We need to work on our conditioning since we have short numbers on the roster right now.”
Hatton also hopes that the incoming recruits will bolster the ranks and give the team new life.
“Getting into the spring, I’d like to have a much more successful season than (Reinhardt) had last season,” she said. “With the recruits that we’re hoping to bring in, I think that will be very possible.”
While the NAIA does not sanction lacrosse, that may change with the sport’s rapid increase in popularity.
Hatton believes it will happen sooner rather than later.
“I would say, in the next three years, women’s lacrosse will be an NAIA sport,” she said. “In the last two years, it has almost doubled in the size of women’s lacrosse programs. … I think that we will become a championship sport in the NAIA very soon.”
Reinhardt’s roster for the 2013 season boasted several players from Cherokee County, including Tyler Jefferson, Ashley Davis, Kristian Graham and Brittney Poley.