Gold Sox Staff
Michael MinkVice President/General Manager
Michael is serving in his second year as Vice President/General Manager for the Marysville Gold Sox. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Michael played on a baseball scholarship two years at Hillsborough Community College before transferring to the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He played two years of baseball there and graduated with a degree in Pre-Law Studies in 1988. Michael also obtained his PHD in social injustice in 2015. After graduating from UAB Michael ploayed two years of professional sports first as an outfielder in the Pittsburgh Pirates Camp in Bradenton, Florida as well as professional football as an outside linebacker overseas in Germany and Italy.
Michael has spent the course of his career in baseball, fastpitch softball, football, and the business world. Following his two years in fpofessional sports, he went on to play for the Clearwater Bombers Fast Pitch Softball team while working as an investigator for the U.S. Treasury and a Credit Manager. In 1993, Mike went on to play, coach and serve as the General Manager for the Tampa Bay Smoker Fastpich Softball team over the courese of five years. Where he won two World Titles (1996, 1998) on National Championship (1997) and the honor of First Tem All-American (1996) . During this time with the Tampa Bay Smokers he also worked as the Vice President of Sales dor MRG/USA Laser.
After his time with Tampa Bay Smokers, he played for the Decatur Pride Fast Pitch Softball winning a National Cahmpionship in 1998 and finished his career with the New York Spirit. Michael began his career as an entrepreneur as the Owner and CEO of MX Productions and City Tail Marketing for the next fifteen years. Michael worked with the NHL Tampa Bay Lightning for 4 seasons and in his last season with the team won its first ever Stanley Cup. Michael also during this time worked with Tampa Stadium Task force and the NFL Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the funding of what now is Raymond James Stadium.
In 2005, Michael took a leap to the football industry. From 2005 to 2015 moved over 75 players up, Michael seved as a founder, owner, advisor, liaison and head coach for multiple Indoor Areana Football teams. Taking him all over the country and world. He worked for the following teams; Gulf Coast Raiders (Outdoor), Montgomery Maulers, Carolina Speed, Baltimore Mariners, Utah Saints, Ogden Knights, Yakima Valley Warriors, Manaus Cavaliers (Outdoors) in Brazil, Bloomington Edge and Florida Marine Raiders. Her served as the founder, co-owner, and COO for the American Indoor Football Association from 2013 to 2015. Michael head coached the Raider's to an X Bowl National Championship in 2014 in front of 8000 fans in St. Louis.
Michael is a proud father of two beautiful daughters Sierra Mink, 14, and Arista Mink, 11. Michael will be publishing his book in the spring of 2017 that entails the struggle of hardship with his salvation through sports.