Mike grew up in Colton Oregon and went to ACU as a pole vaulter in 1985. He met his wife Stephanie there and they have been married for 27 years and they have 5 young children. 4 boys and 1 girl. Mike graduated in 1989 with a BSED. He then taught P.E. for 10 years and mowed yards and trimmed trees on the side. He then decided to go full time with his lawn and tree service.