Jake Hatch joined the Tennessee rowing program as an assistant coach in August 2008. He serves as the coordinator of the Tennessee novice program, including recruitment, training and retention of student-athletes with little or no rowing experience. The Purdue University graduate brings significant experience in training novice athletes to the Lady Vol staff, having worked as a coach and recruiter at both the college and high school levels.
Hatch joined the Orange and White after spending four years as the head women's rowing coach at Purdue University. Under his guidance the program grew to consist of nearly 100 female student-athletes. The Boilermakers took home the 2008 Southern Intercollegiate Rowing Association (SIRA) Regatta overall and Varsity 8+ Trophies and had numerous boats medal at the Dad Vail Regatta, including gold in the 2007 Varsity 8+ and 2005 & 2008 Second Varsity 8+ events.
Hatch started his coaching career at River City Rowing Club in West Sacramento, Calif. There he worked with the masters men and women, junior boys and summer rowing programs.
In 2000, Hatch earned his bachelor's degree in Building Construction Management from Purdue and briefly pursued electrical contracting before becoming a coach. Hatch started his rowing career at Culver Military Academy.
Hatch resides in Fountain City, Tenn., with his wife Heather, daughter Abby and son Zeke.