Coaching Background and Experience
Mike has served as the Breakers full-time Technical Director since June of 2001. Over the past 20 years, he has worked as a head coach with the Westside Breakers, Galaxy Alliance and Santa Monica United youth soccer clubs. In addition to coaching youth soccer teams, Mike also served as the Head Men’s Soccer Coach for Los Angeles Mission Junior College from 1989 to 1990 leading the team to the playoffs in 1989. Mike has also worked as goalkeeper coach for So Cal United Soccer Club (now Real So Cal) from 1998-1999 and as an Olympic Development Program staff coach in 1996. In 2005 and 2006, Mike served as the head girls soccer coach at St. Matthews Parish School where his team won the Delphic League Middle School Championship in 2006. Mike received his US Soccer Federation "A" coaching license in 1999.
From 1995-1997, Mike held the position of Director of Player Administration for Major League Soccer (MLS) where he was integrally involved in putting together the initial player pool for the league’s inaugural season in 1996. The league office moved to New York City in December of 1997 and he stayed on as a league consultant until 1999 when he took a marketing position with the Los Angeles Galaxy. Mike also worked for the 1994 World Cup Organizing Committee from 1992-1995.
As a player, Mike grew up on the Westside and played high school varsity soccer for Santa Monica High School where he graduated from in 1980. He went on to play collegiately at Cal State Los Angeles earning all-conference honors his senior year. In 1986, Mike signed his first professional contract with a new Los Angeles area professional team called the Hollywood Kickers that joined the Western Soccer League (WSL) which, at the time, was the highest level league in the United States. He played for the Kickers for 4 seasons and then retired from professional soccer when the WSL folded. Mike played semi-pro soccer in the Los Angeles area for many years playing primarily with the San Pedro Croat winning three California State Men’s Open Cup Championships. Mike resides in Pacific Palisades with his wife, Natasha, and their son, Jackson.