More About “Between the Ears” and the author, Greg Hatcher
However, Greg’s greatest passion is the Mighty Bluebird Organization that he developed over the years from coaching youth sports. The Mighty Bluebirds program is a non profit 501C9 where Hatcher built state-of-the-art soccer fields and a gym that give the kids the very best facilities for practice and for games. He has been coaching youth soccer, basketball, baseball, and football since 1984. Every team he has ever coached since 1984 has won their conference championship with the exception of one football team which finished second with a record of 8-1. His soccer teams have won 12 State Championships and are the most dominant team in Arkansas history. At the time of this publication, the 12 and under team is ranked #1 in the nation out of over 1,000 select teams.
Hatcher has played virtually every sport at the competitive level with the exception of golf and played three sports in college (soccer, wrestling, and baseball) at Alma College in Alma, Michigan. He was, in fact, the last athlete from Alma to compete in three different sports for all four years of college. Hatcher played on a record six championship teams (three in wrestling and three in baseball) and four of these teams were recently inducted into Alma College’s Hall of Fame. This makes Hatcher a member of more championship teams and Hall of Fame teams than any other athlete in Alma College’s 100 plus year history.
His sports interests and sense of adventure continued well after college with him participating in marathons, triathlons, bungee jumping, sky diving, and barefoot skiing, just to name a few of his extracurricular activities. Hatcher was the Chairperson for the Inaugural Little Rock Marathon, started in 2003 and continues to Chair the event each year today. He is also the chairman for the Bruin 7 on 7 Football Tournament (the state’s largest 7 on 7 tournament) and is the chairman of The Broyles Award, which recognizes the top Assistant Football Coach in the country.
He was a coach well before he ever had kids for 10 years and said he would never coach his own kids, but when his kids got old enough to play he couldn’t help but coach them as it gave him a chance to spend more time with them and teach them some of the most important lessons in life that are best taught on the sports field. His 5 kids at the time this book was written are: Kelsey age 16, Haley age 12, Larkin age 12, Layne age 6, and Mattie age 4. This book was written for them and the other kids he coaches to help them become better competitors “Between the Ears.”