A Redwood City original, Michael Nienkerk was born and raised in 94062. Starting in 1993, this year marks his 30th anniversary in the world of Lacrosse. Michael played highschool Lacrosse for the Palo Alto Tomahawks Lacrosse Club and played college Lacrosse for Sonoma State University. After finishing college, and with a desire to give back to the program that gave him so much, he returned to the Palo Alto Club as the head coach for the junior varsity team, as well as goaltender coach and assistant varsity coach, for six years. As a head coach, he led his team to win the NCJLA Northern California Championship three out of six years, winning in 2002, 2003, and 2005. After stepping away from coaching in 2007, he has decided to return to coaching for the 2023 season.