Former Federal Way athletic director dies

Former Federal Way High School coach and athletic director Carl “Bud” Hatley died Friday at the age of 76.

“He was a tremendous educator,” said Bill Harris, a friend who coached with Hatley at Federal Way. “He believed student athletes need to fill both halves of that phrase — to be dedicated in the classroom and dedicated on the field. He believed sportsmanship and composure were essential to being an athlete. Basically, he was my hero.

“He taught me so much. I was young when he started, and what a great mentor he was. And a great friend.”

Hatley coached football, track and later became athletic director at Federal Way High School from 1965 to 1982.

“He believed in doing the right things,” Harris said. “On his football teams, if you didn’t wear a tie to school on Friday, you didn’t play on Friday night. He was an extremely demonstrative person,” Harris said. “When he was mad at you, he let you know, but he never left you until he also patted you on the back and went on from there. He could be volatile, but always very caring.”

In 1988, Hatley was inducted into the Washington State Secondary School Athletic Administrators Association Hall of Fame.

During his tenure at Federal Way, Hatley was instrumental in such projects as the construction of Federal Way Memorial Stadium, the expansion of the school district from a single high school to multiple high schools, and the implementation of Title IX, which called for equal number of girls sports as boys sports.

“He had a lasting impression on the school district,” Harris said. “When he came to Federal Way, it was very disjointed. He organized it. He was here when Thomas Jefferson started as a high school and Totem (Junior High) was just getting started. He organized it into an athletic department, started athletic codes, the athletic stipend, the salary for coaches — everything people take for granted now had to do with Bud Hatley.”

Before Title IX was passed in 1972, the only high school sports were football and boys cross country in the fall, wrestling and boys basketball in the winter, and baseball and boys track in the spring. The only sport for girls was co-ed tennis.

“During his reign, the number of athletic programs jumped tremendously,” Harris said. “From then on, it mushroomed.”

Hatley graduated from Arlington High School in 1943 and entered the Navy. He enrolled at Pacific Lutheran College (now PLU) in 1947 and played football and baseball. Hatley earned his masters degree in physical education from Columbia University in New York. Hatley started his teaching career at Fife High School in 1951, where he was a coach and later athletic director until 1965. He was at Federal Way High School until he retired in 1982.

Hatley is survived by his wife, Pat, a daughter, Carla and her husband William, of San Francisco, a son Robb and his wife Denise of Portland, Ore., and two grandchildren, Kyrie and Corey.

A memorial service for Hatley is at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Fife High School gymnasium. Memorial contributions should go to the family, who is setting up two scholarships — one at Fife and one at Federal Way — for student athletes who want to go into coaching and teaching.

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