Before being named Head Coach to the California Maritime Academy Rugby team, Steven Hiatt spent the previous two years as Assistant Coach for CMA's Pacific Coast Championship teams. Coach Hiatt hopes to continue that success and build upon a winning program.
Steve Hiatt spent more than 15 years playing rugby, starting with his high school rugby team, the Vacaville Blackdogs. In his senior year, the Blackdogs tied for 3rd in the High School National Championship tournament. Upon graduation, Steve went on to UC Berkeley and made the powerful CAL rugby team. While playing for CAL, he first made the varsity team in his sophomore year and won a Division 1 collegiate national championship. In his senior year, Steve made the All-American team as well as won CAL's Hugh Preston award given for inspiration and leadership. During his play at CAL, Coach Hiatt changed positions from inside and outside center to fullback and wing, where he would play most of his games for the rest of his career.
After graduating with a BA in Economics from UC Berkeley, Steve continued playing rugby for the Old Blues RFC. Over the next 10 years, he would win a national championship in both 15s and 7s formats as well as make many final four appearances for his club, including being named MVP of the National Championship 7s tournament. Steve captained the select-side Pacific Coast Grizzlies three different times in both formats and won a territorial shield in 7s. Steve made the US National Team throughout his career and earned caps, or played for the US, three times in the 15s format against Australia, Argentina, and Canada, helping the US Team earn World Cup qualification. Over the same time period, Steve earned 19 caps playing for the US National 7s Team in different tournaments including the Hong Kong 7s tournament, Punte del Este 7s in Uruguay (twice), Mar de Plata 7s in Argentina, and the Japan 7s. In 1998, Steve Hiatt captained the US Team in the Japan 7s tournament.