George B. Fletcher was born in Alexandria, Louisiana but attended high school in Tuscaloosa, where he was a three-year letterman in both football and track. He was later to excel as a coach in both of those sports in Huntsville. He coached track, first at Butler High School, and later at Huntsville High School. He received Coach of the Year honors so many times during his career coaching track that he cant remember all the dates. Coach Fletcher was graduated from The University of Alabama in 1967 with a B. S. Degree. He came to Huntsville in the fall of 1967 to begin his career in teaching and coaching. George relates that many things and many people helped shape his career in education and athletics. His father had the earliest influence, and the men and women he worked with had a large impact. The one person, though, who had the greatest impact, was his wife, Betty (a good tennis coach in her own right). He says, If not for her, I probably would not have entered the field of education. She knew that I wanted to coach and she encouraged me to go in that direction. She has supported me and taught me through her own example what discipline, honesty, endurance, dedication and hard work are all about. George is civic minded and belongs to a number of organizations that promote participation in lifetime sports activities. Coach Fletcher was cofounder of two of these organizations, The Rocket City Runners and North Alabama Track and Field Association. George and Betty have two children, George B.(Ley) Fletcher and Merritt K. Fletcher.