Coach Massucci with one of his former players Coach Joe Boylan. Coach Boylan, formerly with the Golden State Warriors, is currently an assistant with the New Orleans Pelicans.
Coach Michael Massucci:
Educator - Author - Leadership Development
Michael Massucci has served more than 25 years in education and athletics as a teacher, coach, and more recently as President of AEO Leadership, LLC and author of the Elite Journey book series.
Throughout Michael's teaching career, he has strived to be a servant leader - leading in professional development, curriculum, clinics, and workshops. Michael has completed the Galileo Leadership Program, is certified in the Steven Covey Leadership Program, trained by the Disney Leadership Institute, and is trained as a Restorative Practices facilitator. In May 2022, by demonstrating the use of imagination in the classroom, Michael was one of 50 educators selected across the nation by Walt Disney to tour their Imagination Center and celebrate the 50-year anniversary of the Walt Disney World Resort.
Along with teaching American history for Bloomfield Hills Schools, Michael created a Mindset curriculum - teaching the value of a positive mindset, building resiliency, and the importance of a growth mindset. Michael also hosts The Winner’s Circle - a program that invites the best and brightest to visit with students to share their wisdom on what it takes to succeed in life. The Winner’s Circle Program is shared through BHS Cable TV with local communities.
Michael enjoyed a 20-year high school varsity basketball coaching career - coaching at Shrine Catholic High School and Royal Oak High School. Throughout his coaching tenure, his teams won multiple division titles, and he was recognized as Coach of the Year numerous times. He currently holds the record as the all-time winningest boy's basketball coach at Shrine Catholic High School.
Michael published his first book of the Elite Journey Series in 2014 and his second book in 2018. The principles of Elite Journey - being one's very best during the time that one has - be it a day, a season, a year, etc. provides a framework for Michael's leadership message - using ELITE as an acronym: Education, Leadership, Integrity, Team, and Excellence. Michael's books have been used as a template for leadership by athletes, teams, leaders, and organizations.
In a time of anxiety and stress in education and sports, Michael created AEO Leadership, LLC to help organizations, educators, coaches, athletes, and students provide purpose in their pursuits. The values Attitude-Excellence-Others (AEO) are pillars of his mission, supporting his Elite Journey game plan for success. Michael was a guest on the popular WJR radio show Anything is Possible, serves as a guest for local podcasts, writes blogs for hoopcoach.org, and has been a practitioner/advisor for athletic departments, teams, and coaches - both at the high school and college levels.
Michael is an ambassador for sports. He is a leader and facilitator for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) Coaches Retreat and spearheads An Aspiring Head Coaches Program for BCAM - Basketball Coaches Association Michigan. Michael is also the education/leadership director for Michigan Elite 25 - an organization changing the culture of basketball throughout the state of Michigan. Michigan Elite 25 is a mentoring program for the top players in the state - emphasizing skill development, educational topics, community values, and family relationships - helping athletes create a winning game plan for success, both on and off the court.
Michael Massucci is a graduate of Central Michigan University, where he earned a major in history, a minor in reading, and a professional coaching certificate. He later earned his master's degree from Oakland University in Reading and Language Arts. A resident of Royal Oak, Michigan, he and his wife Karen have three sons: AJ, Anthony, and Jake.
Online articles by Coach Massucci:
Success is Not Random
Leadership is a Choice
Decisions Define Your Destiny
Team Team Team
Always Do Your Best
Preparing for An Elite Journey
Great Coaches are Great Teachers
It is Never too Late to Create a Better Story
The Art of Doing One's Best
The First Task of Leadership
Recent Interviews and FCA Presentation
Fit for Joy Podcast
Coach's Edge Podcast
Coach's Edge Zoom Discussion
Great Quotes from Coaches Podcast
Fellowship of Christians Athletes (Coaches Appreciation Breakfast) Speech