At Age 94, High School Baseball Coach Inspires Chatsworth Players

Call him a motivator, a father figure or an inspiration -- or simply call Chuck Hatfield "coach."

The assistant varsity baseball coach has been with the Chatsworth High School Chancellors since 1994. Even at 94 years old, Coach Hatfield can't get enough of the game.

"He's an outstanding coach and an even better person," said Tom Meusborn, the team's head coach. "Just having him out here, having him around us day in and day out, what he brings as a coach and as a person can't be duplicated."

Over two decades ago, Meusborn needed someone to look out for the junior varsity team. Since then, Hatfield has developed into so much more.

He can no longer hit or throw, but he's become the team's calming psychologist. Hatfield also volunteers at the school's counseling office.

Hatfield has been part of seven out of the Chancellors' nine city championships, but he wants just one more to finish out on top.

"This may be my last year," he said. "Now that would come important to me, to get that extra ring."


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