Athlete / Coach | Instructor / Youth Sports - (California)

Coach Michael Spicer is unique.

Yes, "Coach Mike" is unusually strong, has a powerful physique, is talented and has achieved progressively exceptional athletic accomplishments. No doubt, Coach Mike also deeply values practice and hard work.

But what makes Coach Mike unique is the way in which he leads, connects with and inspires Coach Derek's [CDI's] students, teams, co-workers, parents and community members.

Coach Mike's athletic career is lined with impressive successes and accomplishments. His high school career earned him first team All-State performer.


While in college, Coach Mike accomplished what few others have by successfully muscling through a 400-pound power clean! While Coach Mike credits his then Strength Coach Tobias Jacobi for this incredible feat, we all know Coach Mike encompasses the perfect storm of awesome: power, commitment and attitude!

While a linebacker for Western Carolina University (where he was named a two time All-American and All-Conference selection and where he currently holds six school records), Coach Mike was recruited by the Buffalo Bills. He went on to play with AFL and UFL teams including the: LA Avengers, Columbus Destroyers, New Orleans Voodoo, New York Sentinels and Hartford Colonials.

AFL/UFL Highlights:

  • In 2005, Coach Mike played in the Avengers' All Rookie Team
  • In 2007, Coach Mike set a record by completing three sacks in one game
  • In 2009, Coach Mike led the Sentinel's in sacks
  • In 2010, Coach Mike led his team in both sacks and tackles for loss
  • In the AFL, Coach Mike had 15.5 career sacks
  • In the UFL, Coach Mike had 7 career sacks

Not many football players transition from being a player to coach as gracefully as Mike, who while coaching is in his element doing what he is meant to do - helping kids reach their maximum potential.

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