Mike McConathy graduated from Louisiana Tech University in 1977 with a bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. He earned a master’s degree in health and physical education at Northwestern State in 1983 and completed Plus 30 in 1989 at Northwestern State, Centenary College and Louisiana Tech.  McConathy taught at Airline and Bossier High Schools and was on Behavioral Sciences Department faculty at Bossier Parish Community College for 16 years, serving as interim department head in 1998-99.

While serving as head men’s basketball coach at NSU since 1999, he has taught classes in the Department of Health and Human Performance, including personal health, team sports, individual sports and driver’s ed. He and his teams have been involved since the inception of the NABC National Association of Basketball Coaches Stay to Win program, which goes to local elementary schools and encouraged youngsters to stay in school. The NSU Men’s Basketball team has one of the highest graduation rates in the nation at 90 percent.  Since the inception of the Academic Progress Rate in 2004, the men’s basketball team has ranked in the top 10 percent five times. The APR measured how well programs retain and keep student-athletes eligible to compete academically.