Michael was first introduced to volleyball by his PE teacher at Ascension Collegiate, Roland Dawe. It was during Michael’s senior year that his passion was ignited when Bill Drover became the PE teacher, leading the team to a silver medal in the provincial high school A tournament.
As an athlete, Michael participated in seniors at the A, B and C levels for nearly 30 years. His highlights include a senior B championship and MVP award.
With a high level of integrity and leadership, Michael has coached in Newfoundland and Labrador for over 30 years. He has represented the province at a junior national tournament in Sherbrook, an U18 tournament in Saint John New Brunswick, and at the U16 level in Corner Brook and Halifax. His teams have medalled at numerous NLVA and NLHSAF events throughout his career. Some of Michaels athletes have moved on to play AUAA and at the provincial senior level.
Michael has coached with the provincial elite development program as a regional and provincial team coach.
In 1998 he was a finalist for coach of the year, and in 2002 he received the Provincial Community Development Award from the NLVA.
Michael has been a standout official in the province for over 25 years. He has officiated at the Eastern Canadian Midget Championships, the Newfoundland winter games, and multiple provincial championships throughout his career.
Michael has also been a committed member of the NLVA since 1983 when he became the provincial executive secretary. During his time with NLVA, Michael has been chair of the coaching committee from 1990 – 1992, the Eastern Regional Director from 1994 – 1998, the Provincial Elite Development chair from 2001- 2009, as well as the Provincial Executive secretary from 2009 – 2015.
Michael also served as founding executive of the Bay Roberts Co-Ed summer league, as well as conducting numerous coaching, official and player development clinics.
Other accomplishments for Michael include receiving the provincial executive contribution award for NLHSAF in 1995, along with the Avalon West regional recognition award in 1996.