Coach Mike grew up in Sacramento, Ca. Where he was raised by a single mother and had no siblings. “I like to say my daycare was art classes at CSUS, sculpting, painting, math, etc. since my Mom was getting her degree as I was growing up.
As a teenager (like most adolescents) Mike fell in love with the effect music had on him. He decided to pick up the guitar and fortunately progress was quick. Within no time he was playing in bands, recording albums, and playing shows both locally and regionally.
Mike had a strong desire to graduate high school early which led to him taking many music classes at the local junior college. After graduating, Mike spent nine months practicing for six hours a day. Soon after, he moved to Los Angeles to further his expression of music and the guitar.
After attending Musicians Institute, Mike found steady work playing up to five nights a week, and sometimes doing a “double hitter” day as well. This led to an interest in teaching full time in Alhambra, California which led to working for a Los Angeles based Music Tech startup where he worked with members of No Doubt, The Offspring, Megadeth and Keith Urban himself. He also developed a Guitar Curriculum which has been packaged with Fender products and was distributed in Guitar Center stores nationwide. This also led him back to his alma mater where he conducted class presentations and helped with the internal educational software and online education system.
Mike has since been playing in numerous projects both as a core member, as a hired gun, and he also continues to release his own music under his name.