Michael Lopez attended Aloha High School in Aloha, Oregon where he was a three-sport athlete earning nine letters in his three years of high school. Michael was a three year letterman and & a two way starter for three years in football where he was named All-State at three different positions throughout his high school career. As a defensive back he was named the Oregonian's Co-Defensive Player of the Year in 1981. He led the state in interceptions 2 consecutive years 1980-81'. He finished his high school career with 23 total interceptions. In 1981 he was named to the Gatorade, Addidas & Carnation All American football teams. In baseball, he was a three year starter & a 2 year all-league choice as a short stop. He also started for 2 years on the basketball team. In 1981 he was the Scholar Athlete of the Metro League & finalist for the National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete Award.Michael earned a full ride scholarship to Oregon State University to play football. He was a 4 year letterman [1982-85]earning All Pac-10 conference honors in 1985. His Senior season he tied for 2nd in the Pac-10 conference & for 3rd in the nation for interceptions with six. He played in 43 of 44 games, missing only the opening game his freshman season. In Michaels high school & college football seasons 7, he played in 74 of 75 games. Michael earned his B.A. in communications in 1987.Michael signed a free agent contract with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1986. Michael got into coaching at Lewis & Clark College in 1987 after he was released by the Cardinals. In 1988 & 1989 he was a graduate assistant coach at Oregon State University where he earned his Masters Degree in Exercise Sport Science in 1989. In 1990 he was an assistant coach at West Texas State where he coached the secondary. In 1991/92 he was an assistant coach at Boise State University where he coached the wide receivers and tight ends. In 1994/95 he was the offensive coordinator & coached quarterbacks & wide receivers at Defiance College in Ohio. In 1996/97 he was the defensive coordinator at Arizona Western University.In 1996 Michael was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's Disease after experiencing weakness in his left limbs & slurred speech. He was diagnosed at the Forbes Norris ALS Center in San Francisco. He was forced to retire from coaching in 1997 because of the disease.In 1998 Michael founded the T.E.A.M. Cure ALS Foundation.Michael was inducted into the Aloha High School Hall of Fame in 2001. Michael is a single father of two beautiful daughters, Megan 21 & Molly 16. Michael is in his 17th year of battling Lou Gehrig's Disease in which he has been on a ventilator for 15 years. Michael is able to use a special program to operate his laptop computer. He has movement in his left ring finger only and a sensor switch is taped to the finger where he is able to operate a on screen keyboard for communication, email's and internet access.
***** Michael lost his Courageous & Inspirational battle with ALS on January 3, 2013******
In Memory & Love Michael E. Lopez Jr. 1963 - 2013