Dr. Nathanial Hearne, epitomizes what “up by the bootstraps” stands for. An educator, motivator, mentor, executive, Pastor, trainer, and ultimately the man who has led countless individuals to excel far past their expectations and even their dreams. He was instrumental in combining education with athletics much to the chagrin of some coaches while earning him the love and respect of those he molded into men.
Dr. Hearne played an important part in the lives of those football players and coaches who the film, “Friday Night Lights” was all about. As Assistant Coach he instilled a love of honor and sportsmanship in every team member as he led them in strength and stamina conditioning. The Permian High School team became National Football Champions in 1989 and State Champs in 1991.
As Assistant Principal and then Principal in the Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD of Texas, he turned around the Discipline Alternative Education Program for difficult students managing it for five years… and motivating hundreds of potential drop-outs to remain in school and graduate.
His Dropout Prevention Program was recognized by the “Texas School Business” magazine as the best prevention program in Texas in 2010.
Dr. Hearne practiced what he preached, that by applying yourself and making the most of what God had blessed you with you could do anything and become anything you wanted. One of eight children raised by strong parents, he excelled in school. But, like those he came to mentor, he didn’t like school and wanted to drop out. He says you didn’t argue with a mom who held two jobs to clothe and feed you… you did what she told you to do. His first degree was a B.S. in Physical Education at North Texas State University in 1974. He returned to the University of Texas in 1979, obtaining a Master of Arts. In 1998 he garnered a Master of Divinity at SMU while working full time at the Clarksville ISD as the Football Defensive Coordinator and Conditioning Coach. The next year he became an Ordained Minister and served as such in several churches. In 2009 he was back at SMU obtaining a Doctor of Ministry.
Dr. Hearne’s ultimate, all-time, challenge and success has been his dynamic presentations on “Leaving a Legacy” that will have you cheering one minute and crying the next. An example can be found at:
He is happily married to Callie & resides in Arlington, Texas. They have five grown children and three grandchildren.