SIDELINE OBSERVATIONS: Hatten leaves good first impression

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

When football season arrives and Hatten makes a questionable or bad call, I hope I will remember his graciousness to me as I stumbled this week.

I also was impressed with Hatten as we briefly discussed his football philosophies. Make no mistake; Tim Hatten is an offensive-minded head coach who will install the kind of high-octane attack many top college and pro teams use.

Hatten said he wants to stretch the field and give the opposing defense match-up problems, but he's willing to run the ball as well. He told Bulldog players they can expect to work hard on the field and in the classroom, and that he will keep the game fun.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about Hatten — at least from my perspective — is his emphasis on education.

Hatten, who was at Pearl River Community College the last 12 years and was head coach at Haines City nine years before that, said he was drawn to Crestview and Okaloosa County because the schools are top notch. He knows his 14- and 9-year-old sons can get an education here that will prepare them for college and their adult lives.

Hatten wants to ensure his sons, and the players he coaches, will have every opportunity to succeed in life with the foundation being a good education.

Hatten said he would be the coach for all the Crestview football players — including the junior varsity and freshman players. He wants to invest in the lives of all the young men who put on pads for the Bulldogs.

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