Michael Spath

Intermittent Lecturer in Educational Studies

Michael’s goal is to help his students see the layers below the front-page sports stories, asking the critical questions of why our athletes, coaches, athletic administrators, media, and fans create the narratives that dominate our sports culture. Michael believes that history is unfolding everyday and aims to keep his class fresh by adapting to our changing sports landscape. Every current event has arrived at this moment only through years of evolution and, thus, he aims for his students to dive through history to understand the present. At the end of the semester, they even do their very own sports podcast.

A 2002 University of Michigan graduate in the School of Kinesiology, Michael covered his first game as a professional reporter in Aug. 2002 and has spent more than 20 years in sports media, serving as the managing editor for The Wolverine magazine and TheWolverine.com (2002-15), hosting his sports own talk show on WTKA (2015-2020) and now serving as the producer and host for WJR’s “Game Of My Life” podcast (2021).

Deeply rooted in the Ann Arbor community, Michael has coached travel baseball, 7th- and 8th-grade basketball, public speaking to middle schoolers; has worked with Ele’s Place, the Ozone House, the American Cancer Society, and serves on the Board of Directors for the Cancer Support Community of Ann Arbor. He is a proud U-M alumnus and is actively participates in alumni events, including speaking engagements in Dallas, New York, Chicago and Detroit.