May 30, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Tustin’s Charles Chatman among recipients of Orange County Coach of Character Award

Tustin baseball coach Charles Chatman talks to his players in a game last season. (FIle photo courtesy Tustin baseball)

Tustin High School head baseball coach Charles Chatman, known for his ability to help his players on and off the field, has received the Coach of Character Award from the Orange County Athletic Directors Association.

Chatman was among the coaches honored by the association. Instead of the traditional awards program, coaches were honored on social media.

“Coach Chatman has been at THS for nine years,” said Tustin Athletic Director Thomas Giebe. “What makes Charles great is his passion for the game and the fact that one of his highest priorities is having his players leave his program as accomplished young men.

“The athletes learn how to be accountable for their actions, to persevere, and to be in service to others. Coach Chatman currently works as a campus supervisor here at THS.  We couldn’t ask for a better man to lead our baseball program.”

“It’s awesome that Tustin chose to recognize Charles, he brings so much to Tustin High both as a coach and mentor,” added former Foothill Coach Vince Brown, now the pitching coach at Orange Lutheran.

“He began his high school career as a student at Tustin before going on and starring for Coach Miller at Costa Mesa.  It is his connection to the past and his desire to make Tustin great that makes him so special for THS.  I’ve seen for years how hard he works for his players and the pride he has in Tustin.”

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