Growing up Machesney Park, Mike played baseball and football at Harlem High School and graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1997 with a degree in Speech Communication.
After college, he worked as Assistant Media Relations Director for the Beloit Snappers Minor League Baseball team. When Mike learned that the team's play-by-play announcer lived in the team's clubhouse during the off-season to make ends meet, he decided to change his career ambitions.
So in 1999, Mike moved to the Illinois Valley to start a career in media sales. Mike now is selling investments for Northwestern Mutual in Ottawa, but will continue calling games from time to time on LaSalle County Broadcasting stations.
Mike and his wife, Jenny currently enjoy life in Oglesby with their two daughters.