He graduated with a BSc(Hons) in Sports Science from the US after receiving a scholarship for athletics. In 2000/01 he won the Super League and became World Club champions with St. Helens RL. In 2002 he began work with the IRFU as the Irish National Rugby teams S&C coach, presided over 3 Triple Crowns during 6 year involvement. In 2008, he moved to Ospreys Rugby and won the Celtic League in his first season. In 2009, he was appointed Director of High Performance with Armagh GAA which involved coordinating all strength & conditioning practice from under age teams to the Senior squad.
Mike was a competitive athlete during his younger years having competed for Ireland in cross country and athletics at under age level.