Macon native and former Mount de Sales star Chris Hatcher is entering his first season as the football head coach at Samford.
The school released its 2015 football schedule Monday.
Hatcher will make his debut as the Bulldogs' head coach Sept. 3 against Central Arkansas. Hatcher will coach in his hometown Nov. 21 against Mercer.
The Bulldogs also travel to Louisville in non-conference play and host defending Southern Conference champion Chattanooga in conference play.
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“I am very excited about the opportunity to open the season with three straight home games this fall,” Hatcher said in a release. “We have an exciting schedule that starts with a very difficult opponent in Central Arkansas and ends playing in my hometown against Mercer. The Southern Conference is always challenging and we will be tested early by playing the defending champion (Chattanooga) in week three. We have our work cut out for us but I can’t wait to get started.”