School athletic directors assess facilities (GALLERY)

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 04:01 PM.

The Bulldog’s 3,400-square-foot weight room is the football facility’s highlight, Hatten said. He praised Crestview baseball coach Tim Gillis and the Crestview softball program for their ball park maintenance.

However, he said, there is always room for improvement.

"Everyone that is going to come to your facility is going to have an idea here and there about how you can spruce it up," he said. "A little bit of labor here and there and we will make it even better."

As a 6A school, Crestview has all the facilities necessary, but that's not the case for other north county schools.

Baker School

Baker athletic director and head football coach Matt Brunson is quick to express his gratitude for the Gators’ facilities. Doug Griffith Memorial Stadium — which seats between 2,000 and 2,500 fans — is the perfect size for a 1A school and more than serves its purpose.

Brunson praised coaches and school maintenance staffers for the facilities’ upkeep. However, he pointed out that Baker has obstacles that other area schools lack. "At Baker, we have a very unique situation because we are a K-12 (school)," he said. We run a full middle school program with all of our middle school teams playing athletics. We have a full JV program and a full varsity program” of basketball, volleyball, football, soccer and track. "It handicaps us during, say, basketball season with only one gymnasium and we are splitting up between our middle school teams, boys and girls, our JV teams, boys and girls, and our varsity teams, boys and girls."

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