Published on December 11, 2014 by Joey Mullins  
Chris Hatcher

Samford University has named Chris Hatcher as its new head football coach. Hatcher was introduced at a news conference Dec. 12. Hatcher, who had been head coach at Murray (Ky.) State University, replaces Pat Sullivan, who stepped down recently after eight seasons as the Bulldogs' head coach.

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Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.