Mike Mayernick played basketball for Belmont from 1986-1990. As a part of Coach Rick Byrd’s first recruiting class, he helped lead the program to its first NAIA National Tournament appearance in 1989 and a total of 89 wins over four years. Mike recently spoke to BelmontBruins.com about his collegiate career, his present life in Nashville and the prospect of having his son Michael follow in his footsteps by playing basketball for BU.
Why did you choose Belmont?
My dad went to Belmont and I liked the idea of staying in Nashville. I had several friends that attended Belmont and played basketball. I also liked the idea of being able to play basketball at a school that was close to home, where my family could easily come see me play.
What is your fondest athletic memory at Belmont?
The first time we beat Lipscomb, probably my sophomore year. They were ranked number one at the time.
Who had the biggest influence on you during your athletic career at Belmont and how?
Rick Byrd. Coach Byrd was not only a fantastic basketball coach, but he also made it enjoyable to play the game.
What is the most valuable thing you gained or learned from your time at Belmont?
Like many students, I learned how to mature into an adult. I also gained many lifelong friendships that I have maintained even today.
What advice would you give to current members of the basketball team?
My best advice is to enjoy every minute of your time at Belmont. Be appreciative of the opportunity you’ve been given and represent your school and your teammates as well.
Who was your favorite professor and why?
Dr. Otis McGowan. He always pushed me to do better. He believed in me and my capabilities, even when I didn’t.
Where do you live now?
What is your occupation?
I have a financial planning and wealth management practice with Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management. We work with individuals in the investment management, retirement planning, and comprehensive financial planning.
Tell us about your family.
I am married to Suzanne. We have eight children, ranging from 9 to 22 years old. They are Grace, Michael, Annabelle, Miller Anne, Joshua, Caleb, Josie Love, and Ana Maria. My son Michael is an incoming freshman at Belmont and will have the opportunity to play for Coach Byrd, which we are excited about. We enjoy spending time together at the lake, travelling on mission trips to Africa, and attending an endless number of our kids’ sporting events.