Thursday, December 10, 2015
Saturday, September 28, 2013
I've been in France for about 6 days now, and I'm just now finally getting back into the swing of European life. Took me a while to get back adjusted to the time and sleep schedule. Also took me a few days to get my body ready to practice and play games at a intense level and speed. But all is good now, and we are ready to begin this season next weekend (October 5th). Check out the video of my first practice with the team (Below), and a few pictures from media day. Thanks for reading once again. I'll be sure to keep you up to date as much as possible during the year. Health and Blessings to you all!!!
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
First of all, I want to say thank you to the entire PAOK organization for an amazing experience and season. Every person involved, from the President, Management, coaches, and players accepted me as a person and a player from the day I landed in Thessaloniki. I will cherish all the friendships and relationships that I made during my time in Greece, and hope to see everyone again someday. Our team went on a 9 month journey together that was extremely hard work and dedication from everyone involved. We won some big games, and we lost some heart breakers, but overall what we accomplished, I think surpassed anyone's expectations. The bond and love for each other that me and my teammates had, was so strong that we felt that we could achieve anything together. We believed that every game that we went into, we were going to Win! Our coaching staff did an amazing job of getting the most out of this team. Even though they were pretty tough on us at times, we knew it was the best thing for us as a team.
Personally I want to say thank you to my coaches for always believing in me and sticking with me through my tough times this season. I had some ups and downs this year, and the only thing that got me through those moments was the confidence my coaches and teammates had in me. I took a lot of criticism from people outside of our team when I wasn't playing so well, but my coaches never gave up on me, and for that I am extremely grateful. I got a chance to show what type of player I really am.
Lastly I want to say thank you to the fans who supported us through out the year. The PAOK fans are great. I believe that they are some of the most loyal fans in Greece. Although we didn't finish like we wanted to, overall the season was a huge success, and a step in the right direction in terms of building for the future. It's now time for summer vacation and relaxation. I plan on taking some time off and enjoying my family and friends for a while, and then getting back to work to become a even better player. Hopefully this will not be the last time PAOK fans hear from me, but no matter what happens, I am always PAOK for LIFE!!!!
William Hatcher #4
Thursday, May 30, 2013
One of the largest rivalries in all of Europe, lives is Thessaloniki, Greece. PAOK vs. ARIS are two teams that reside in the same city and have fans who can't stand the other team. To be a fan of either of these two teams, its not just sport, its a LIFESTYLE!! The fans are so crazy and loyal to their teams, and when they play each other, its an all out war!! The opposing fans are not allowed to attend the game when its being played at the other teams field or gym. With that being said...it makes for an AMAZING atmosphere for the players. I'm the type of player who loves playing in front of huge crowds. I got a chance to bring my brother over for the game at our gym (Locker room photo after the game) to witness the madness. Check out some video from the game....
Monday, October 22, 2012
This year we had a pretty cool time doing media sessions. We took tons of team pictures and also lots of individual pictures as well. Along with that, we filmed a commercial to be played on Television over here encouraging fans to come out and support us this year!!! (Check it out Below) This was my first time doing a commercial for a team, but it was definitely a lot of fun. Even though my part was pretty short (like 5 seconds at the end), I definitely think there is a job for me on the big screen once I'm done playing Hahaha!!!
Friday, October 5, 2012
Hello World!!! Its been a while since I connected with you guys, but I'm back and ready to start a new season. I promise I will be more informative this year and plan on updating my website with pictures and blogs every week. Well lets get to it....This year I will be playing in the A1 division in Greece. My team name is PAOK located in the 2nd largest city in Greece (behind Athens) Thessaloniki. If your like me, and you don't know much about Greek sports, then you probably have no idea of what PAOK is all about. Let me tell you, PAOK is one of the most famous organizations in Greece. Their fans are AMAZING to say the least. If you google or youtube search PAOK Fans, you will see exactly what I'm talking about. (I'll save the details on that for another blog)
http://www.paokbc.gr/ Until next time....Stay Blessed!!!