2-Time Plane Crash Survivor Austin Hatch Now a Student Aide
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Michigan basketball coach John Beilein has announced that Austin Hatch will go on a medical scholarship and remain with the Wolverines as an undergraduate student assistant.
Hatch survived two airplane crashes eight years apart, including a 2011 crash that severely injured him and killed his father and stepmother. Hatch's mother, brother and sister were killed in the first crash.
He played in five games as a freshman last season. Beilein said the school received approval from the Big Ten on Monday for a medical exemption waiver.
Hatch, a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana, said his father would be proud of his decision to focus on academics.
He said, "After all that I have been through, it was a dream come true for me to put on a Michigan jersey."
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