Mike is originally from Los Banos, California, where he attended and graduated from Los Banos High School. Mike came to Reno to play football for the University of Nevada Reno. Mike also obtained letters for baseball and boxing while attending the University of Nevada. Mike is past president of the Nevada Alumni Football Association and a current active member. Mike obtained a Bachelor's degree in Education from the University of Nevada Reno. Mike has over thirty three years of insurance experience specializing in habitational, industrial, restaurant, and mini storage insurance. His outside interests include: fly fishing, fly tying, golf, abalone diving, ASA softball and serving as NCAA Division 1 Softball Umpire.