Mike Church enters his third season as the defensive coordinator in 2010, bringing decades of experience at the highest levels to the Oaks sidelines. In 38 years of coaching, Church has put together a resume which includes stints in the Big 10, Pac-10, Big 8 (now the Big 12), and the now-defunct Arena Football League where he coached for 10 seasons. Church also coaches the Oaks defensive backs.
Prior to arriving at Menlo, Church was the defensive coordinator for the AFL's Los Angeles Avengers. Before leading the Avengers defense he won two ArenaBowl title as the San Jose SaberCats defensive coordinator. Under Church the SaberCats were the only team in the AFL to hold opposing quarterbacks in the pass-happy league to a sub-100 passer rating for three consecutive seasons. In addition to his roles with the SaberCats and Avengers, Church coached at the professional level in the USFL, XFL, and Football League of Europe.
After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Church began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at Nebraska under legendary coach Tom Osborne. He would later coach collegiately at UC Berkeley, Missouri, Northwestern, Washington State, UTEP, San Jose State, and Cal Poly.
Church lives in Los Gatos with his wife, Anh-Dao, and son, Kol. He also has a duaghter, Kasey.