Michael Mothershed is a native San Diegan. He graduated from Herbert Hoover High School, lettering for two years in football, basketball, baseball, and track, All-Eastern League Football, two years, All CIF Football, First Team in his senior year. Attended and played football at San Diego Mesa College and Santa Clara University, graduating in 1976 with a BS degree in Commerce.
Michael began officiating football in 1985 with the San Diego County Football Officials Association, officiating two San Diego County CIF Championship games. He served on the San Diego County Football Officials Association Board of Directors. Michael began officiating Junior College football in 1990 and in 1995 was appointed to the PAC-10 Conference as a Side Judge.
In 2014, Michael was chosen to be a PAC-10 Referee/Crew Chief.
Michael worked as a Field Judge in the short-lived XFL. He has been assigned to fourteen Bowl Games including the 2006 BCS National Championship game, three PAC-12 Championship games, serving as the President of the PAC-10 Los Angeles Unit. Since 2014, he has served as a position coordinator for the SCIAC Conference. Michael represented NCAA football officials at the 2017 NCAA Football Rules Committee Meeting.
Michael has been employed by the Department of Justice for twenty-five years. He is an active member of his
church and has served as the Financial Secretary for the past twenty-five years. Michael and his wife, Debra, reside in San Diego, they have one son, Michael James Mothershed.