Establishing identity, continuity for athletic programs’ success (VIDEO)

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 03:58 PM.

While some of the Bulldog programs, such as track and baseball, have remained stable through the years, the softball program has its fourth coach in as many years.

The team would never be successful until a coach stays for the long haul, Hatten said.

"I think we have a strong nucleus of coaches, but obviously, you don't want to have that kind of turnover in one position," he said. "Continuity is always good because it helps the kids know what to expect.

"Having had a chance to watch our softball team play several games over the past two weeks, they are a very competitive group with some very, very good talent — both seniors and underclassmen as well. That's a very promising group, athletic-wise, and we need to make sure we give them a good atmosphere for being successful.”

That strategy should work across the board, Hatten said.

 “(If) you develop some tradition and some good habits, you end up molding these kids ... into great young men and women and great players. And when they graduate, they go off to college somewhere and — whether they participate (in athletics) or not — they go on and carry the values that you teach them."

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