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Hatmaker coordinating Eastern Kentucky defense

Richmond, KY (Sports Network) - Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood had served as defensive coordinator since taking over the Colonels' program in 2008, but defensive backs coach Tony Hatmaker has been promoted to the position.

Hatmaker, who will retain his duties as defensive backs coach in 2011, has almost 20 years of experience as a collegiate football coach, including the last three at Eastern Kentucky.

"I actually made the decision at the end of the fall season," Hood said. "Coach Hatmaker called the entire spring and the defense looked great, just like I thought it would."

Eastern Kentucky will return seven defensive starters this fall from a unit that ranked second in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring defense last year.

The Colonels, who finished 6-5 last season, will kick off their 2011 season at Kansas State on Sept. 3.

04/22 09:07:23 ET