Published: Tuesday, July 15, 2014 at 01:15 PM.

Tim Hatten has proven to be a breath of fresh air in the 16 months since he arrived at Crestview High School to take the job as head football coach and athletic director.

In an age when too many high school football coaches and athletic directors are focused on all football, all the time, Hatten takes a more relaxed and realistic approach to football and sports.

“We’ve got to the point where we are a specialized society and kids focus on one sport and say, 'Let’s do this,'” he said. “And only 1 percent of the kids, maybe, are going to play pro ball. So why are we tailoring what we do for the 1 percent?

“What about the well-rounded kid that plays four or five sports. I love four or five-sport lettermen. I think they are better rounded people for the community and the workforce because 99 percent of the people are going to be in the workforce, not NFL football players.”

Hatten is thankful that his high school coaches allowed him to participate in baseball, basketball football and track.

He quickly points out that it’s not just football that has pigeonholed many young men and women into becoming one-sport athletes.

Too many sports, with an emphasis on travel ball, have become year-round activities, he says. Even though football doesn’t have travel ball, many coaches, especially at the high school level, tend to force talented athletes into committing to only football.

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