Football - Mon, Jan. 8, 2007
North Palm Beach, Fla. - Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis was recently named the 2006 American Football Monthly (AFM) Schutt Sports NAIA Coach of the Year when the honors were released by the AFM. One of the nation's leading equipment manufacturers, Schutt Sports has honored the top college and high school coaches of the year since 1997. Now in its 10th year, the Schutt Sports awards symbolize the essence of what makes a coach successful, both on and off the field.

"This award is a testament to all the coaches on our staff who worked so hard during the year to lead us to such a great season," said Feminis. "There were a lot of successful coaches at the NAIA level last fall, so to be named the top one, says a lot about our program and staff. Last season was a great one, but as always, our staff has even higher expectations for next year."

Saint Xavier had an impressive 2006 campaign finishing with a 10-3 overall record and ranked No. 9 nationally. The Cougars qualified for the NAIA Championship Series for only the third time in the program's 14-year history and advanced all the way to the semi-finals before falling to No. 1 ranked University of Saint Francis (Ind.) on December 2 marking the first time ever that Saint Xavier has moved past the first round in postseason play. SXU posted big road wins in the first two rounds of the postseason defeating No. 7 Georgetown University (Ky.), 42-28, and No. 4 ranked and four-time defending national champion Carroll College (Mont.), 14-7.

Feminis and the remaining 2006 College and High School Coach of the Year award winners will be recognized at the 2007 AFCA Convention in San Antonio, Texas, on Wednesday, January 10. The dinner and ceremony are scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. start.