ASCA Level 2 Swim Coach
USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach
Mike grew up in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, a suburb of Toronto. He got his start in the sport of swimming at age 9. Through the years as a young age-group swimmer, he rose through the ranks to become a top competitor on the national level in Canadian swimming. Mike also competed at the Canadian Olympic Trials in 2000 and 2004.
In 1999 he was recruited by American colleges and signed to swim at Louisiana State University. There, Mike specialized in butterfly and backstroke sprint stroke events, as well as relays. Highlights of his collegiate career include swimming to All-American status as a member of the 200 and 400 medley relays at the 2003 NCAA National Championships, and assisting the Tigers with a top-20 national ranking.
After finishing his competitive swimming career, Mike coached at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he assisted in all aspects of coaching and managing a collegiate swim team.
Mike began running and cycling after his departure from competitive swimming. He completed multiple century rides, a marathon, and dozens of half-marathons, 5k's, and 10k's, before moving into the sport of triathlon. After being asked by multiple friends and acquaintances in the triathlon community for swimming and stroke instruction, it became apparent that there was a significant need for triathlon-focused swim coaching. Mike is an USAT Level 1 and ASCA (American Swim Coaches Association) Level 2 certified coach. He is also a swim instructor for the Swim America program at Blairwood Tennis, Swim & Fitness Club in Louisville, KY.
Mike and his wife Alice, and son John, currently live in Louisville, KY.