The City of Brooksville dedicated Ernie Chatman Field at Tom Varn Stadium on Tuesday, February 21, 2017. The Chatmans, Varns, and many local leaders were on hand for the dedication. The monument placed at Ernie Chatman field reads,
“Coach Chatman was strategic, but bold; tough, but kind-hearted; stoic, but nurturing; and humble, but proud...a one-of-a-kind coach.”
William "Ernie" Chatman coached in Hernando County for over 40 years. At Hernando High School, his alma mater, he coached baseball, cross country, softball, track and field, and boy’s basketball, and served as athletic director. Coach Chatman collected 21 conference, 18 district, 11 regional, and one state championship. He coached the 1983 Dixie Majors to a World Series Championship, completed 104 marathons, at least one in all 50 states and Washington DC, held an 8,814 consecutive running streak and coached multiple athletes to professional careers. He was given the Key to the City of Brooksville in 2004, inducted into the Florida Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2004 and the Hernando High School Sports Hall of Fame in 2011.
At the age of 66, Coach Ernie Chatman passed away on July 24, 2016.