Inducted in 1997
Graduate of Green Bay Preble HS, 1958, where he played for Hall of Fame Coach Bill Dessart Graduate of Northern Michigan University, 1962 Received Master's Degree from NMU in 1966
A teacher and head football coach for 34 years. He served as head varsity coach at Ashland HS for three years, attaining a 215-78-1 record during 31 years as head football coach at Peshtigo HS.
Mike's Peshtigo Bulldogs teams won the state football championship in 1983, and won 13 Marinette & Oconto Counties Conference championships. He led Peshtigo to nine WIAA playoff appearances, and consistently produced conference contenders. His 222 career victories rank third among Wisconsin prep football coaches.
He served as head track coach for ten years, leading the Bulldogs to state track titles in 1966 and 1971, and eight conference championships. Mike served as wrestling coach for two years and basketball coach for three years.
At Preble High School, he was a three-year football standout under coach Bill Dessart. He played running back and defensive back on Preble teams that finished undefeated two straight seasons and won two straight Northeastern Wisconsin Conference titles. In his senior season, Mike served as co-captain along with Ron Vander Kelen, who went on to have a great career at the University of Wisconsin. Mike ran the 400-yard dash and low hurdle events on the Preble track team,
At NMU, Mike was a four-year starter under coach Frosty Ferzacca from 1958 to 1961. Mike earned honorable mention NAJA All-American honors in 1962. He lettered all four years and played fullback and def. back. Mike was a two way Wildcat player.
In 1994, Mike was inducted into the Northern Michigan University Sports Hall of Fame. Mike was a standout player on the 1960 NMU team, which became the first in school history to earn a berth in the NAJA playoffs.
A member of the National Athletic Directors Association and Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association, Mike has served as Peshtigo athletic director for 31 years. He is a past member of the original WIAA committee, which established football playoffs in the state. He still serves as District VI representative for the Wisconsin Football Coaches Association, and is chairman of the Association's Scholarship Committee. Mike has helped organize and work at summer football camps.
A former football, basketball and wrestling official, Mike was a physical education instructor for 34 years. He is a past member of the WIAA football and track advisory boards.
Tag(s): Hall of Fame