HPU Sports Information

Newly announced Howard Payne head women’s basketball coach Joshua Prock has announced that assistant coach Lindy Hatfield, who was considering leaving HPU, will now stay on staff and be promoted to associate head coach.

Hatfield, a Finley, Ohio, native, has compiled an amazing record as an assistant at Howard Payne. In her two seasons so far on the Howard Payne women’s basketball staff, the Lady Jackets have a 61-2 record, two American Southwest Conference titles and a national championship.

“I am excited to be able to retain a quality coach like Lindy Hatfield,” said Joshua Prock, head women’s basketball coach. “Lindy has done an outstanding job here the past two seasons in all facets of the program. She put her heart and soul into the program and sacrificed many personal hours to help the program succeed. Coach Hatfield is a perfect fit for HPU and the Brownwood community.”

Over the past two seasons, Coach Hatfield has been an intricate part of recruiting, administration, game coaching,and summer camps for the Howard Payne women’s basketball program, he said. After the departure of former head coach Chris Kielsmeier for Wayne State College, Hatfield had decided to leave Howard Payne for other endeavors. With the hiring of new head coach, she reconsidered her decision.

“After taking the time to reflect on my experiences at Howard Payne, I realized there is so much more opportunity for me in this program and university,” Hatfield said. “I am very excited to return to HPU and am anxious to work together with Coach Prock. I would like to thank Coach Prock and the Howard Payne administration for welcoming me back.”

Hatfield played college basketball at NCAA Division I Central Michigan University. There she was captain her senior year (the 2004-2005 season). That year she averaged 8.2 ppg and led the team in 3-pointers with 37 (.339 pct.). She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Health Fitness and a minor in Nutrition in December of 2005. She also spent one year at the University of Pittsburg as an intern in the strength and conditioning department before coming to HPU as an assistant coach.

“I am elated that coach Hatfield has decided to remain at Howard Payne.” said Mike Jones, Howard Payne director of athletics. “Certainly she is a great asset to the HPU women’s basketball program and Howard Payne. Coach Prock has landed his first great recruit in convincing Coach Hatfield to stay. She will be a great asset in transition and helping to retain the recruits the program worked so hard on in the spring to get.”