HERO Kids Sports Founder/CEO of Massachusetts & Colorado
Coach Mike Simpson was born in Salt Lake City, UT and grew up in Amherst, MA. He attended Cheshire Academy and graduated from Amherst High School. He earned his Bachelors of Arts from Curry College in Boston. A lifelong participant in sports programming, including co-captain of his high school football team, he founded HERO Kids Sports out of his belief that sports enrichment programming can significantly effect a child’s sense of self-esteem, as well as provide evidenced based benefits for positive mental and physical health. Prior to founding HERO Kids Sports, Mike worked as a Mental Health Counselor at the Harvard Teaching Hospital, McLean Hospital, providing counseling and support to patients and their families. Mike learned the impact of playing sports early, being a part of a team and feeling supported and inspired by his coaches. He began HERO Kids Sports in Boston, MA and grew it to the West to Greater Colorado. Mike wakes up every day, after his 6 mile runs, feeling proud and excited to 'Inspire the HERO Inside' for every kiddo!
Managing Director of Massachusetts
Coach Reid Noble grew up in Bennington, VT and has played almost every sport since he was a kid. Soccer, basketball and baseball have always been his favorites. In high school he, his mom and his dad moved to Amherst, MA where he continued to play basketball, baseball and track & field in school. Once solidifying his love for playing sports, Coach Reid started to help out coaching friends and neighbors kids teams. He continued coaching and sports management during his undergrad working at the Athletic Department at Marist College. He has always loved the outdoors and has recently found a passion for snowboarding, surfing, and hiking. After moving to Boston and managing several health clubs around the city, he reconnected with Coach Mike and where he became a part of the HERO Team growing HERO Kids Sports in Massachusetts to serve more kiddos. He loves the energy of HERO and working with kids has been an amazing experience for him.
Regional Manager of Colorado
Coach McKinzie grew up in North Texas, playing a multitude of sports. In high school, she helped lead her varsity basketball team to a State Championship and competed in the Cross Country State Finals. She received a degree in Broadcast Journalism and Sports Media from Oklahoma State University, and subsequently spent six years working in TV news. McKinzie then left the comforts of the newsroom to pursue her passion of coaching and mentoring young athletes. She comes from a family of coaches, including her brother who coaches high school football and her mom who worked as a basketball and volleyball coach. Her favorite part of working with kids is seeing how they progress week to week and learn new skills. In her free time, McKinzie enjoys crafting, running, exploring the outdoors and playing with her two dogs Apollo the chihuahua and Ripley the husky.
Maura Bird, LICW
Director of Operations & Community Partnerships,
Maura has an expertise as DOO as well as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She holds a passion for supporting and providing families with opportunities that create a sense of belonging, confidence and joy. In conjunction with her role as DOO at HERO, Maura is in Clinical Private Practice in the Lower Highlands of Denver providing therapeutic support to individuals, couples and families. Maura was born in Salt Lake City, Utah and grew up in the east in Amherst, Massachusetts with her family -- including Coach Mike, her brother, and CEO of HERO. Maura enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, running and snowboarding the Colorado peaks. As HERO is a unique Team with a mission to bring opportunity to all kids, Maura has seen the value of encouraging kids early through sports with both her kiddos being veterans of HERO programs!