Football coach makes duck calls

Liliana M. Fresolone, Staff Reporter

   Algebra inclusion teacher and football coach Cody Hatten has spent the last 20 years perfecting the art of making duck and turkey calls.

   Some other things Hatten does outside of school are hunting and fishing. He also does woodworking and makes cabinets and benches.

   Some of his favorite things are college football, baseball and the LSU Tigers. 

   Hatten grew up in Stone County and graduated from Stone County High School. From there, he went on to William Carey University in Hattiesburg, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in coaching and physical education.

   Hatten is raising his four daughters in Stone County where he grew up with his younger sister. He commutes back and forth to George County.

   One of Hatten’s pet peeves is when people do not try. 

   “Give it your all; don’t give up,” Hatten said.

   Hatten is the coach for the receivers on the football team. He said that what brought him to the high school was coaching on a high school level versus on a middle school level.

   Along with being a football coach, Hatten is also an assistant algebra inclusion teacher. One of his goals for this year is to improve his algebra skills so that he can better help his students. Hatten became a teacher and coach to help make a difference in students’ lives.

   “I like being involved with the kids and making a difference in their lives,” Hatten said.