Overcoming Adversity and Maintaining the Course 

Coach Erasto Hatchett

Last season, Northside finished 17-12 and coach Erasto Hatchett was on the verge of a promising 2019-20 season. Unfortunately, top 25 national prospect transferred and high major prospect Jaden Seymour had a severe injury which forced him to have surgery and miss the first part of the current season. Seymour may return to action sometime in January. Throughout it all, coach Hatchett has maintained the motto #WeWorkOverHere and now has an impressive 10-2 record, losing games to Concord First Assembly and Independence. Concord First Assembly is one of the top teams in the state regardless of affiliation and Independence is one of the better public-school teams. Then, just last week, coach Hatchett lost leading scorer Glynn Hubbard to an injury for an indefinite timeframe.'

In their win over Fort Mill High School at the Battle of the Rock, Northside Christian used this opportunity for others to step up and they did just that. Northside Christian had a well-balanced attack and senior point guard Najir Underwood finished with 16 points, dished out two assists and even had four steals. Solomon Tucker won MVP honors by scoring nine points, collected 10 rebounds and even had five blocked shots. After the game, we had a chance to speak with coach Hatchett and we came away totally impressed. Not once did coach Hatchett make reference to the loss of Seymour or more recently Glynn Hubbard, but used these setbacks as a teaching moment. It was time for others to step up!

For coach Hatchett, we have known him for a long time and he is one of the nicest people in the coaching profession. He's humble, honest, and never makes excuses. He has overcome adversity and has maintained the course. He is using this season as an opportunity and along the way, he is quietly becoming one of the top teams in the NCISAA 2A that very few people are talking about. If Jaden Seymour and Glynn Hubbard are able to return to the hardwood sooner rather than later, he could have a team that could seriously challenge for a state championship. Whether that happens or not, coach Hatchett will remain the same. He's a good-natured coach who truly cares about his players and will do the best with what he has. Simply put, with Northside Christian and coach Hatchett they are doing what they always do, #WeWorkOverHere. 

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