Football - Thu, Dec. 3, 2009
Waco, Texas - Saint Xavier University football coach Mike Feminis was one of two coaches named the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA Region 2 Coach of the Year when the association released the winners for all divisions of college football on Wednesday. Feminis finished in a first-place tie in the voting with Taylor University (Ind.) head football coach Ron Korfmacher and the pair will share the recognition this season. The AFCA will announce its five 2009 National Coach of the Year winners at the 2010 AFCA Convention in Orlando, Fla. All head coaches who were eligible for regional honors are eligible for national honors as well.
This season, Feminis has led the Cougars to a perfect 13-0 overall record and currently holds the No. 4 ranking in the NAIA. SXU claimed a 7-0 conference record en route to its first-ever Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title this season. The Cougars have enjoyed impressive victories in the first two rounds of the NAIA Football Championship, defeating No. 9 McKendree University (Ill.), 52-28, and No. 6 Lambuth University (Tenn.), 52-10. It is the first time that Feminis has earned the regional award over his 11-year coaching career.
Voting for the award is done by active members of the AFCA, who vote for each region in all five divisions, NCAA FBS, FCS, Division II, Division III and the NAIA. The regional coach of the year winners will be recognized at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner in Orlando, Fla. on January 12.
Saint Xavier (13-0 overall) heads to Sioux Falls, S.D., this weekend to take on No. 1 ranked and defending national champion University of Sioux Falls. Kickoff for the semifinals game is scheduled for 12 p.m. Saturday at the USF Sanford Complex.