Hathaway comes to CSU after serving 11 years as an assistant at the University of Connecticut, where he played a large role in the success of both the Men's and Women's basketball programs.
During an interview on my radio show on AM 950 KKFN "The Fan", Hathaway told us, "Sure, it's tough to leave a place like UConn. We won four national championships in the last five years. At the same time, I'm very excited for this new challenge.
"The further along we got in this process, the more impressed I became with the whole situation – especially the people at CSU," he noted. "The first thing I'm going to do is begin to watch and learn from them. Then we'll see what direction we need to go."
The "academic success and well-being of the student athlete" is Hathaway's number one concern, he said at his press conference, then acknowledged that fund-raising is a top priority if the Rams athletic department is to continue to grow.
"I've been reminded several times that there's a very large, untapped market of CSU alumni and supporters in the Denver metro area. As many as 30,000. I've already have my city map, and I plan to visit with as many of them as possible."
As for how long he'll stay in Fort Collins, given that since Fum McGraw retired, most of his predecessors have used CSU s a stepping stone, Hathaway replied, "I told them that I hope they still want me three years from now," he joked. "I've been two place in 19 years (University of Maryland and U Conn). I don't have a crystal ball, and I don't know what's going to happen in the future, but I plan on being here for a long time."