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Local parks and rec supervisor earns prestigious award

Posted: Monday, Sep 30th, 2013

Evanston Rec Center Director Steve Liechty (right) presents the Fellow Award to Recreation and Aquatics Supervisor Brad Hatch, who was recently recognized by the Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association. (COURTESY PHOTO)

CASPER ó An Evanston Parks and Recreation supervisor was recently honored by Wyoming Recreation and Parks Association (WRPA).

Recreation and Aquatics Supervisor Brad Hatch received the 2013 Fellow Award presented by the WRPA at the organizationís annual state conference that was recently held in Casper. The Fellow Award is the most prestigious award presented annually by the WRPA.

The award is presented to parks and recreation professionals in the state of Wyoming who have performed meritorious service, provided distinctive leadership and are of fine moral character while serving their communities.

Hatch has been employed by Evanston Parks and Recreation for over 18 years. He is an active member of WRPA, has served on the Board of Directors and as an officer for the WRPA Aquatics Section. He is a Certified Parks and Recreation Professional (CPRP), an Evanston High School graduate and a graduate of Weber State University with a bachelorís degree in business management.

Hatch has worked as a lifeguard and water safety instructor at the Evanston Recreation Center and in 1997 was hired as the Business Manager for the Evanston Parks and Recreation District.

In 2000, Hatch accepted the position of aquatics coordinator and in 2010 was promoted to his current position as recreation and aquatics supervisor.

His area of expertise over the years has been managing the Recreation Center pools and aquatics programs.

During his career, Hatch has been responsible for providing swim lessons and aquatics programs for thousands of youth in the Evanston community and surrounding area. In addition, he has trained hundreds of lifeguards and water safety instructors and is a certified aquatic facility operator.

He was also instrumental in re-building the local RDAT (USA) swimming team by bringing it under the supervision of the parks and recreation district. Hatchís knowledge and experience with computers and information technology has been invaluable in helping to keep Evanston Parks and Recreation up to date in the technological world.

Hatch is a member of the American Red Cross of Wyoming and was once chairman of the Health and Safety Committee. He is also a volunteer for the Boy Scouts of America, instructs at the BSA National Camp School, is a certified BSA Aquatics Instructor and is currently chairman of the Trapper Trails Council Aquatics committee.

Hatch is married to Celeste Tyler and they have four children.

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