Rick Hatcher’s name is synonymous with baseball. At 57 years old, Hatcher brings 52 years of baseball experience to the table. His most recent accolade came April 19 when he was named to the Board of Directors of the Florida Sports Hall of Fame, a 56-year-old organization that recognizes the state’s best and brightest sports celebrities. The Hall of Fame has a charitable mission to raise funds for numerous children’s causes, including juvenile diabetes and childhood obesity.
Named to the board of local interest was Rick Hatcher, son of former Judge Woody Hatcher and Pat Odom of Marianna. He is married to Cheryl Ealy Hatcher. Hatcher has three children, Kaylee, Madison, and Cayden.
Hatcher grew up on a baseball field from the age of five. He graduated from Florida State University where he played on the Seminoles baseball team that went to the 1980 College World Series. He received his B.S. degree in Education from FSU in 1981, having played baseball there from 1979-1981. Hatcher played minor league baseball before working as a college pitching coach. In 2014, Hatcher was named the Executive Director of Treasure Coast Sports Commission in Port St. Lucie. Prior to that appointment, Hatcher served a Director of Business Development in Colorado Springs. Colorado, but previous was Executive Director of Sports Commissions in Tallahassee and Lexington, Kentucky.
Currently, Hatcher serves on the Board of Directors for the Florida Sports Foundation and is past Chairman of the National Association of Sports Commission (NASC). He is a standing member of the NASC’s Leadership Council and a graduate of the NASC’s Certified Sports Events Executive (CSEE) program.
“We are delighted to have added such a diverse and highly-motivated group of individuals to our Board of Directors,” said FSHOF President Barry Smith. “The people who give of their time and resources to be a part of our Board are the lifeblood of the organization. They understand that we are not only honoring our state’s amazing athletes and celebrities, but we are making a difference in the lives of young people and their families throughout the state.”
About the Florida Sports Hall of Fame -It is in its 56th year of recognizing the state’s brightest and best sports figures, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame continues its mission to honor Florida’s vast sports heritage by taking the inspiring stories of its 248 current members to the people of the state. This outreach is the hallmark of the modern-day Florida Sports Hall of Fame. The Hall recently opened a sparkling new museum and preview center for memorabilia provided by its members located in directly in the center of the state in Davenport, FL. But the modern-day Hall is also mobile and flexible. With its “Fame for Fitness” initiative, the Florida Sports Hall of Fame has embarked on a journey to take its message across the state of Florida to promote youth fitness and its fight against childhood obesity and diabetes.