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Dr. Nathanial “Coach” Hearne

Dr. Nathanial Hearne’s passion is building up individuals through character development, leadership training, and finding their purpose. For more than 35 years, he has worked with people from all walks of life in various leadership roles and settings. 

In the late 1980s, Dr. Hearne was an assistant football coach at Permian High School, which was the subject of the national bestselling book Friday Night Lights, which was then developed into an award-winning movie and television show. He was the first black coach to be hired in the football program.

Throughout his career as an educator, Dr. Hearne also served as principal, vice principal, and director of truancy and dropout prevention for school districts in Texas. He has been a pastor for several Methodist churches and served as an assistant executive director for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Today, through his own company Made Up Minds he operates with his wife, Callie, Dr. Hearne provides workshops, training, seminars, and speaking for the purpose of building leaders who have principles and character that are exemplary. His first-hand perspective from his time coaching young athletes is one of the bases for the character development and leadership training that he teaches.


“Great leaders know that leadership is not about the number of people they serve, but more about the character they display and the example they set as they seek to serve those around them.”


Dr. Hearne is the founder of Euless Loaves and Fishes, a 501c3 non-profit organization that works with disadvantaged families to help set them up for future success. They work with schools, churches, judicial channels, and private service providers to offer training and programs for character development, truancy prevention, and leadership training. He has also served on the Board of Directors of Hospice United Way board of directors’ allocations committee and is currently serving in the Rotary Club as the new member recruiting coach.

Personal Life

Nate is happily married to his wife Callie and they reside in Arlington, Texas. They have five grown children and three grandchildren. 


  • Outstanding Assistant Principal of the year for region 18 – 1994
  • Secondary Administrator of the year HEB – 2008
  • Texas School Business Magazine best dropout prevention program HEB – December 2010
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Truancy Champion –
  • International Association for Truancy and Dropout Prevention – 2018
  • 1988 North Allstar Coach – Football
  • Assistant Coach Team of the Decade 1980 -1989
  • Assistant Coach – National Champions – 1989
  • Assistant Coach two times State Champions 1989 – 1991


Doctor of Ministry – Southern Methodist University

Master of Theology – Southern Methodist University

Master of Arts in Kinesiology and Exercise Science – University of Texas at the Permian Basin


Certified CoreClarity Facilitator

Certified Ziglar Coach Leadership Coach

Licensed Ziglar Choose To Win Coach

Certified DE&I Facilitator e-Cornell University

Certified Biblical Counselor Southwestern Baptist Seminary 

Mid-Management Certification

Empathy | Connectedness | Responsibility | Achiever | Belief


  • Administrator
  • Key Note Speaker
  • Mentor
  • Personal Development Coach
  • Certified CoreClarity Facilitator

Industries Served

  • Coaching/Consulting
  • Education
  • Business
  • Faith-based
  • Government

Specialty | Focus

Keynote speaking, culturally diverse school districts, corporate teams, athletic coaches, married couples, dropout prevention personnel, at-risk populations

Dr. Nate Hearne is truly one of the most gifted speakers I have ever heard. He is a storyteller and a compassionate man of God who offers truth and leads others to the light in this world of darkness. In each interaction, whether one-on-one or corporately, Dr. Nate is the real deal, a genuinely powerful "encourager" - he has forever blessed my life!

Dave Rawles, MSM

I have known Dr. Hearne, "Nate," for several years now, probably 10 or more. To be brief, a few words of description: Character-beyond reproach; Integrity-he sets the bar at the highest level; Motivator & encourager-the best; compassion-deep, almost unmeasurable. In short, Nate serves God 1st, others 2nd & then considers himself. One on one or in front of a crowd, Nate sets the standard.

Gerald Streater, SirenGPS

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