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17 years ago Kirby Smart got his first coaching job...making $9,000

If you know Chris Hatcher, Kirby Smart or even Will Muschamp you just might have heard this story before (a few times); but its always fun to hear it again.

To set the scene, Hatch, who had won the Harlon Hill as a player at Valdosta State, at the ripe ol' age of 26 was set to become the head coach of his alma mater. Hatch had been coaching receivers at Kentucky for Hal Mumme (with Mike Leach, Tony Franklin, Sonny Dykes, etc...) and he gets the call to come back home.

One of Hatch's first hires is Will Muschamp (who was coaching defensive backs at Eastern Kentucky) to join him as his defensive coordinator. They get down to Valdosta and decide they need to hire a defensive backs coach. Take it away Hatch....

Before he was Kirby Smart @FootballUGA head coach, or Alabama def coordinator, he was: Kirby Smart, @valdostastatefb DB’s coach. For 8k a year! The man who hired him, @HatchAttack1, now HC at @SamfordFootball, joined me this am on @SportsCenter.

— Matt Barrie (@MattBarrie) January 5, 2018

Kirby is one win from the top. 17 years ago he was thrilled to get a job paying $9,000. His drive & demeanor was the exact same back then as it was today. Love it. Chase your dreams men.