Assistant General Manager
Bio: Mike begins his 10th season full time with the ThunderBolts and 18th overall with the franchise in 2017. Mike was named Assistant General Manager before the 2014 season after serving as Director of Operations for three years (2011-13) and Head Groundskeeper for four years (2007-10).
Mike's tenure with the club started in 1999 with the Cook County Cheetahs in the press box including message board operator & sound director. With the ThunderBolts Mike became public address announcer in 2004 and held that positsion from 2004-2006 & 2008-2010. The 2005 season started his experience on the grounds crew as an assistant. In 2007 Mike was promoted to Head Groundskeeper at Standard Bank Stadium and after that season he became a member of the front office as an account executive. Mike makes sure that Standard Bank Stadium and all of it's facilities are up and running. He is also in charge of the operations of the press box & game-day presentation. Mike was awarded "Groundskeeper of the Year" for the 2013 Frontier League season.
He graduated high school from Oak Lawn Community in 2000. After high school Mike graduated from Harry Wendelstedt School for Umpires in Daytona Beach, Florida and has called balls and strikes at a college and semi-pro level. He started his college years at Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills, Illinois earning his associates degree at in 2003. Mike attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb completing his requirements in the field of History.
Birthday: December 8, 1981
Walk-Up Music: Kurt Angle's "Medal"
Top-3 Favorite Sports Teams: 1. Chicago White Sox, 2. Chicago Blackhawks, 3. Chicago Bears
These are a few of my favorite things: Judge Judy, officiating hockey, glass bottles of mexican Coca Cola, Montreal Expos, Olympics, ballpark/arenas/stadiums, Palermo's Pizza
Interesting fact: Have umpired as a back-up for Frontier League games and I drove the Zamboni for 8 years at Oak Lawn Ice Arena. I can not spell even after the invention of spell check!