Five years ago, Greg Echols became the Executive Director of Birmingham AMBUCS. He says it “offers him the opportunity to be able to make a difference in these children’s lives.” Coach Echols is one of the state’s most successful track coaches in AHSAA history, and taught and coached kids for thirty-eight years in the Mountain Brook school system. He continues to coach part-time as an assistant at Mountain Brook in track, and cross country.
More About Greg
He began at Brookwood Forest Elementary School and taught and coached 7th grade football, basketball and boys and girls track 1977-1980. He then moved to Mountain Brook Junior High from 1980-1993 where he taught and coach boys and girls cross country and track. He then moved to Mountain Brook High School in 1993 and led the boys and girls cross country and track programs until he retired in 2015. He was active in the FCA and Young Life during his tenure and he was on the AHSAA track committee from 1993 until 2010. He also served as indoor state track meet director from 1994-2007, was state cross country meet director from 1992-1995 and served as state multi-events meet director 1999-2007. A graduate of Mountain Brook ’73, the University of South Alabama ’77, where he ran track and field and received his Master’s Degree from the University of Alabama Birmingham ‘80.
Honors and Awards
Mountain Brook Junior High FCA Leader, Mountain Brook Junior High Young Life Leader, FCA Power Camp Director 2005-2006, Mortar Board/University of South Alabama, Gold Key Honorary Society, Steve Kittrel Award 1977 University of South Alabama, Nominated for Who’s Who Among College & University Students 1977, Who’s Who Among Americas Teachers 1996, Outstanding Young Men of America 1979, East Bay National Cross Country Coach of the Week Sept 2007, NFHS Coach’s Association State Cross Country Coach of the Year 2006, Mountain Brook City Schools Outstanding Performance Award 1995-96, SEAAU T & F Volunteer of the Year 1992. Coached 2006 Boys 4×800 Nike Indoor National Champion relay team and Girls 4×880 and DMR National Champions in 2008. Greg was inducted into the Alabama High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame in the class of 2008. He led his teams at the junior high and high school to 68 state titles during his tenure and 27 runner-ups.
Greg’s Family Life
Greg is married to Gin Jordan Echols and has (2 Sons) Scott 31 & Tanner 22 (4 Stepsons) Jordan 43, Hunter 30, Josh 28, Reid 27 (2 Granddaughters) Kennady 14 & Colby 10.
He is also an active member of Mountain Brook Community Church.