Mike Kelleher joined the Charleston Battery in the fall of 2016 as the Vice President of Operations and was named Chief Operating Officer in March of 2017. Prior to coming to Charleston, Kelleher worked as the Chief Operating Officer for Atlanta based Sports Management company, Global Image Sports, for seven years. In his role as COO, Kelleher oversaw the West Ham United International Academy and worked directly with thirteen other professional soccer clubs' academies including Glasgow Rangers, ChievoVerona, FC Utrecht, Stoke City and the Portland Timbers.
Originally from London, England, Kelleher served the English Premier League for five years. He assisted the EPL's Director of Youth in implementing the Football Association’s Academy system for elite youth players and oversaw the Academy Leagues and games programs for all Premier League teams from U9 to U19.
In 2001, Kelleher relocated to Miami, FL working with the United Soccer League and Umbro as Manager of Team Relations.
He has a Masters Degree in Sports Management from the University of Tennessee, where he also held the position of Graduate Assistant with the women’s soccer team, and holds a United States Soccer Federation 'A’ coaching license.