By Bruce Campbell, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Marc Hatton, who led Garber’s boys to back-to-back trips to the area tournament after returning to coaching, is stepping down to devote full-time to administrative duties.
Hatton doubled as an assistant football coach in addition to coaching the boys varsity.
“I enjoyed doing it all,’’ Hatton said, “but there were days that I didn’t feel I was doing a good enough job as principal and days where I didn’t feel like I was doing a good enough job as a coach. It just depended on what was going on.’’
Hatton, a former superintendent at Waukomis, had returned to his principal duties this school term. He had coached and taught in 2011-12.
“It was getting harder and harder,’’ Hatton said. “I like doing both football and basketball, but from Aug. 5 to March 1, I was working every weekend. I was doing something else three to four nights a week. If we weren’t playing a game, I was scouting. It was time for me to step away and get somebody in there to keep it going. It was hard to find time to watch film, let alone take care of my duties as principal. It’s becoming more time consuming.’’
The Wolverines were 18-11 last season and 19-7 this season. Garber beat Pioneer, 53-51 in the Skeltur Conference Tournament finals this year. The Wolverines were eliminated in the area losers bracket quarterfinals in both seasons.
“Coaching gets in your blood,’’ Hatton said. “It’s hard to get it out of your system, but it’s time to get someone who can devote 100 percent of their time to being a basketball coach. That will help the program.’’
Hatton said the school hopes to hire his replacement by early May.
“We’ve got a few names out there,’’ he said. “Some good people have sent resumes and, hopefully, we can get the interview process started next week.’’
Hatton said the school hopes to name a replacement as soon as possible because of off-season preparations such as summer camps and summer leagues.