Mike Hatfield's competitive career spanned 10 years: from 1970 to 1980.
- During that time, he was a member of an NCAA National Championship Cross Country team, was an NCAA track & field “All American”, had the #1 collegiate time nationally his senior season in his specialty – the 3000 meter steeplechase (missing the all-time NCAA collegiate mark by 2 tenths of a second), won 3 state track titles and was named to the Illinois Junior College Track & Field All-State team 6 times.
- He qualified for 10 national finals races in 5 different events, earned 12 Varsity letters in 5 different sports, set 8 school records / 5 meet records / and 1 stadium record.
- He graduated from Parkland College, where he is a member of the Parkland College Athletic Hall of Fame, and then earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from Eastern Illinois University, and was inducted into the Eastern Illinois University Athletic Hall of Fame.
- While representing both Hoopeston and Hoopeston-East Lynn High School in the early 1970’s, he was named All County 6 times (he was the only athlete in Vermilion County named All-County in 3 sports his senior year), named All-Wauseca Conference 3 times, and defeated the eventual IHSA state wrestling champion twice in a career that ended at Assembly Hall.
- He is a 1974 graduate of Hoopeston-East Lynn High School, and during his senior year, he was also the recipient of both the VFW Most Valuable Athlete Award, and the American Legion Citizenship Award.
- He went on to a career in intercollegiate athletics – serving at Eastern Illinois, Cal State-Fullerton, and the University of Illinois.
- During that time, he was involved in 24 post-season basketball tournaments (2 of which were Final Fours), 12 football bowl games (2 of which were Rose Bowls), and in 2010 (after 36 years of being directly involved in intercollegiate athletics as both a student-athlete and as a staff member), he retired from intercollegiate athletics.
- He immediately returned to the workforce, and remains on the campus of the University of Illinois as Director of Advancement for St John’s Catholic Newman Center.