As a former Lakeville North High School and University of Minnesota standout, as well as a 2 time Major League Baseball Draft selection, Mike’s game experience in high level baseball is hard to rival. Throughout his professional career in the Astros and Twins farm systems, Mike was able to play for two organizations that currently hold some of the best young talent in Major League Baseball today. In those 6 years, Mike played in all 3 levels of the field, with time at 3B, Catcher, and OF.
As an Owner, Founder, Head Coach, and the Director of Player Development at NorthStar Baseball Club, Mike’s experience, perspective and passion for teaching is visible in all areas of NorthStar. Mike has also been on the forefront of innovation in skill development with his Elite Hitters Program, a phased off-season training program for advanced hitters in the Twin Cities area. The program Mike has developed is a combination of movement pattern drill work, video swing analysis, mechanical and approach “chalk-talks”, high-speed machine work, vision training, and Live At-Bats facing members of the Complete Pitchers Program .
Overall, Mike prides himself on his ability to teach the highest level skills of the game, drawn from his experience in professional baseball, while imparting upon young players a healthy and mature perspective on the game of baseball and its life lessons. He is a dedicated family man, cherishing every moment he spends with his wife Kimberly, his son Mac and daughter, Morgan. As a family they enjoy time outdoors, working in the garden, camping, hiking, canoeing and fishing. Mike holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Youth Studies from the University of Minnesota, in the School of Social Work.
Private lessons consist of direct 1-on-1 training with the ability to dive deeper into more nuanced developmental content while still allowing for more time with the developmental training tools (HitTrax and Rapsodo) as well as further instruction/analysis.