A Cleveland, Ohio native, Mike attended St. Edward High School where he won three state championships, while also playing on two nationally ranked Team Ohio Midget teams. After high school Mike made the transition to Junior A hockey, playing three seasons between the AWHL and USHL. He earned a scholarship to NCAA Division I- American International College, where he served as a team captain his junior and senior seasons. Mike went on to play one year of minor pro hockey before retiring. He is now in his sixth year of coaching (third with the Barons), working mainly with mite and squirt aged hockey players.