Director of Strength/Conditioning
Senior Performance Coach
Michael is originally from Atlanta, Ga. He moved to Smyrna, Ga where he played Football and baseball at Campbell high school. He was more of a baseball player and suddenly converted over to football his sophomore year. He played nose guard during this time and help his team get into the state playoffs first time ever in 2007. He deeply got involved in football and played at Jacksonville State as a preferred walk-on. He majored in exercise Physiology and minored in nutrition. After a year of hard work and dedication, he received a full scholarship where he played defensive line. He won two conference champions and was on the 2010 team where Jacksonville State beat Ole Miss in double Overtime. He played a significant backup role on the depth chart. Leading up to his senior year, he suffered a ruptured Patella Tendon that forced him to end his career. He continued as a student- assistant for TE for the remainder of that year.
After graduating in 2011, he decided to further his education and attended Eastern Kentucky University. This is where he received his Masters in Physical Education: Option of exercise and wellness. He was in a program called KAPE (Kentucky Adapted Physical Education) program, where he helped out with children that has disabilities. As he went to school there, He was also a graduated assistant in the Strength and Conditioning facility. He was the head coach of Track and field, Competition squads, Tennis, and Women’s Golf. During the summer, he also had an internship at Kennesaw State University assisting with the Strength and Conditioning program as well. He graduated at EKU in 2013.
Mike is a firm believer in sports performance training and knew this was his life calling. He is a Level 1 Sports Performance Coach by USA Weightlifting, Level 1 Training for Warriors coach, Parisi Speed School, and plans on continuing his education and become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist very soon.