SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Hatten leaves good first impression

Published: Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 03:23 PM.

It’s been said that you never have a second chance to make a first impression.

If my first impression of new Crestview High School athletic director and head football coach Tim Hatten is on target, the next 10 or 15 years should be eventful for the Bulldogs.

I can only imagine what Hatten's first impression of me was. When I met him at the Okaloosa County School Board meeting March 11, I couldn’t immediately find my recorder for a brief interview.

Compounding matters, I misspelled his name in the story’s headline.

March 11 and 12 weren't my best days.

To Hatten's credit, he was patient as I dug the recorder from deep within my pocket.

When I called to apologize for the headline’s busted spelling — which we caught right after the papers went to press — he laughed it off and told me not to worry about it. So my first impressions of Hatten is he's a gracious man who doesn't sweat the small stuff.

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