Amanda Hatch will return to her alma mater of Leake Academy when she takes over as head coach of the Rebelettes basketball program.

Hatch, who grew up in Carthage and attended Leake Academy where she played basketball and graduated in 2000, was named to the position last week. She takes over from Phil Shepard who inherited the program last year when longtime Coach Doyle Wolverton resigned.

"I know about the rich tradition of the girls basketball program at Leake Academy," Hatch said. "I am looking forward to returning to my alma mater and moving the program forward."

After graduating from Leake Academy, Hatch played basketball for four seasons at Mississippi College. She coached two years at Clinton High School and the last seven at Jackson Prep. She has been the head coach for the past five seasons of the Lady Patriots and has compiled a 117-61 coaching record.

Hatch said she will bring her own style of coaching to the Leake Academy program, but added that you probably won't see a lot of changes.

"I learned a lot at Leake Academy while I played there," Hatch said. "But I also learned from my coaches at Mississippi College and while I was an assistant at Clinton and Jackson Prep. I will bring that knowledge as well."

Hatch inherits a program that averages 40 wins-plus a year and has dominated girls basketball on the Class AA level for decades, and she plans to pick up this summer with the camp programs.

"We are going to work hard and try to get better," Hatch said. "I am looking forward to coming in and meeting with the team in the next few days."