Mike was born in Tiffin, Ohio. Mike graduated from Seneca East High School in Attica, Ohio in 2000, where he played baseball and basketball. In 2000, Mike received the Division 3 Ohio Player of the Year Award for baseball and was awarded the Rawlings 1st team All American Award. Mike currently still holds the Ohio single season batting average record of .810. After graduating high school, Mike received an athletic scholarship to play baseball at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois. At Rend Lake College, Mike earned the Division 1 Junior College All American Award in 2002 as well as graduating with an Associate of Arts Degree. From there, Mike received a baseball scholarship from the University of Kentucky for the 2003 and 2004 seasons. During his 2-year career at the University of Kentucky, Mike compiled a .324 batting average, 24 homeruns and 97RBI. Upon graduating from the University of Kentucky, Mike was signed by the Gateway Grizzlies Professional Baseball Club in June of 2004. Mike played professionally for the Grizzlies for 5 years. As a member of the Gateway Grizzlies, Mike was a 2-time Frontier League All-Star, was named to the post season All Frontier League Team, holds the all-time RBI (315) and Hits record (459) for the Frontier League, and is second all-time in the Frontier League in home runs (83). Mike was inducted into the Frontier League Hall of Fame in 2015. Mike’s coaching career began in 2005, where he led the varsity baseball team at Buckeye Central High School in Ohio (20-5 record) to the regional finals. In the fall of 2008, Mike coached for the Southern Illinois Swing. Mike’s professional coaching experience includes serving as the hitting coach for the Gateway Grizzlies, Manager of the Joliet Slammers in the Frontier League, and the hitting coach for the River City Rascals. Currently, Mike serves as a lead hitting instructor at Grizzlies Baseball Academy and a volunteer hitting coach for the Gateway Grizzlies. Mike enjoys helping youth baseball players achieve their goals and chase their baseball dreams. Mike resides in Belleville, Illinois.

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