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|Patricia Hatmaker |
Coach Patricia “Hattie” Hatmaker was at the forefront of gymnastics, not only at the local level, but at the national level as well. With thirty-five years of coaching and teaching, she was a truly dedicated role model for everyone.
Hatmaker began her teaching career in 1963 at Issaquah Junior High in Physical Education. Four years later she became the head girl’s gymnastics coach. After a brief stint as the assistant gymnastics coach at Issaquah High School, she became the head coach in 1975, the same year she coached National Team members. Every year that she was the head coach, she took either a team or an individual to the state competition. She was also a volleyball and track coach at the high school.
Hatmaker was a founding member of the Northwest Gymnastics Judges Association in 1972. She won the Washington State's Gymnastics Association Coach of the Year in 1996-97 and was inducted into the organization's Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998. In 2002, Hatmaker was inducted into the United States Association of Gymnastics Coaches Hall of Fame in its inaugural year.
Not only was she a great gymnastics teacher, Hatmaker was involved with the students at Issaquah High School as well. She was the ASB class advisor and trained and supervised student coaches. She was the district's teacher of the year in 1995-96.