Written by Sean Dahlin
BUENA VISTA, Va.—Southern Virginia University Athletic Director Scott Y. Doxey today named Tye Hiatt offensive coordinator for the Knights' football program.
"We're excited to name Tye as our new offensive coordinator," said Athletic Director Scott Y. Doxey. "Tye has been part of Southern Virginia football since 2004 and he's one of the best players and coaches we've ever had come through the program. He has a tireless work ethic and embodies Southern Virginia's core values."
In addition to his duties as offensive coordinator, Hiatt will also take on the responsibility of quarterbacks coach.
Last season, Hiatt served as run-game coordinator and offensive line coach for Southern Virginia helping the Knights secure the second-most wins (5-6) in the program's ten-year history, including three consecutive victories to close out the season. Hiatt began coaching at Southern Virginia in 2011 as the team's wide receivers coach.
"I'm confident in Tye's coaching abilities, having seen him develop as a player and now as a coach," said fourth-year Head Coach DeLane Fitzgerald. "He was the obvious choice to be our next offensive coordinator, knowing both the program and our offense inside and out."
As a wide receiver from 2004-06; 08, Hiatt had a standout career for the Knights and stilll ranks second all-time in career receiving yards (1,591), receptions (127) and touchdown receptions (15) and third in career all-purpose yards (1,871).
Following a superb senior season in 2008, Hiatt was named to the NAIA All-Independent First Team, Roanoke Times All-State First Team and VaSID All-State Second Team. That year he also became only the second Southern Virginia football player named to the NAIA All-American team earning an honorable mention honors.
After completing his final year of athletic eligibly, Hiatt served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Houston, Texas.