Michael is celebrating the start of his fifth year as the head coach of Longhorn’s satellite operation. A product of infant learn-to-swim in his hometown of Pleasanton, California, he was soon a member of the Pleasanton Seahawks on his way to gaining Pacific All-Star recognition as a teenager and a 4-event Jr. National qualifier. Michael moved on to the bright lights of New York City, swimming collegiately for Columbia University and remaining in NYC as an aquatics professional for over a decade. He was instrumental in growing the Imagine School of Swimming into the largest swim school in New York, along with national recognition as a leader in aquatic pedagogy. Poropat also had the opportunity to spend the summer of 2008 with Gary Hall’s Race Club under the tutelage of 2016 Olympic Coach Mike Bottom and has been studying the finer aspects of elite swimming ever since. Since 2001, Poropat has been on deck as an announcer for USA Swimming and FINA, recently selected to announce at the Tokyo Olympic Games. In his private life, Poropat is trying to not let his seven-year-old son beat him in a race while teaching his one-year-old daughter to float.