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 Tim Lewis grew up in Somers, NY and has been playing sports his whole life. His father coached him in basketball, soccer, baseball, football and lacrosse from age 4 to middle school. Some say he could run the bases before he learned how to walk. At Somers High School, Coach Tim was a standout Football and Lacrosse player, as well as being a 2x Wrestling captain. In College, Coach Tim took his talents to the Division 1 Lacrosse field, playing for Sacred Heart University, in Fairfield CT and graduated with his Bachelors in Psychology. He was also awarded All Conference for Defense. After College, Coach Tim heard the call of the Rocky Mountains and shipped off to Denver, CO. It was there that he fell in love with the outdoors and fresh mountain air. He returned to school and pursued his Special Education and Elementary School License and had taught Special Education in CO before becoming a part of the HERO Team. When he's not coaching kiddos, you can find Coach Tim on the Ski slopes, hiking a 14er, or enjoying a beautiful day at the park.
Assistant Manager of Massachusetts
Coach Christian Stratter grew up in Brighton, Massachusetts and has played almost every sport since he was a kid. Basketball has always been his favorite. In high school he played soccer, basketball and lacrosse and continued his lacrosse playing career at Gordon College. There he double majored in Sports Studies and Business Administration and had an internship working with a local AAU basketball program where he found his passion for coaching and working with youth through sport. After graduating from Gordon College he continued working with youth through sport as a Program Manager for MetroLacrosse, a local non profit lacrosse program benefitting inner city youth. Along with working for HERO he also coaches high school varsity boys basketball and lacrosse and continues to coach AAU basketball. He loves the energy and values of HERO and working with kids has been a great experience.
Assistant 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.