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

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

Hatten, as athletic director, oversees more than 20 sports, which he said dwarfs the six or seven sports his high school offered just more than 30 years ago.

"I think it makes it a little more difficult," he said. "You want to make sure you give attention to all of your sports. And the role I play, or I want to play, is to be an AD that helps programs.

"I don't want to be a regulator so much as I want to be someone that says, 'Hey, what do you need? What I can I do for you?' And provide that ... the time, need, work or whatever. That's the main thing you want to do when you try to manage all of these sports."

Time budgeting is the key to handling a large program, Hatten said.

"I think it's as much of a struggle for an administrator as it is for the AD because you have to cover all these sports, and there is something going on basically every night — certainly every other night at the local high school — and those are the events that we cover administratively," he said. "Certainly, when you try to manage 22 sports, as opposed to six, there are different challenges you have to overcome. You have to manage your time.”

Supporting coaches’ value

Having skilled assistant football coaches, and head coaches in other sports, makes Hatten’s job easier, he said.

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