Football - Tue, Jul. 19, 2005
CHICAGO - Saint Xavier University head football coach Mike Feminis is not just "beefing" up his team this offseason, he is also "beefing" up his coaching staff with the recent hiring of his mentor Mike Slovick as the Cougars' new Assistant Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator. Prior to joining the Cougar coaching staff, Slovick served as the head football coach at Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League rival University of St. Francis (Ill.) in Joliet, Ill., for 11 seasons.

"We are fortunate to have Mike on our staff," said Feminis. "It was an easy decision when he became available and a full-time position opened up here. Mike has taught me as much about the game of football as any coach I've ever been associated with, and that includes Coach (Gordy) Gillespie (former USF football coach). I can never thank him enough for everything he has done for me professionally and when I played for him. I'm just thrilled to have him with us."

From 1986 until 1992, Slovick was the defensive coordinator for the Fighting Saints coaching Feminis, a former standout linebacker at USF, for four seasons (1986-89). Slovick became the Fighting Saints' head coach in 1993 and coached in all 198 games of the program's 19-year existence. In 1987 and 1991, the Fighting Saints were ranked among the NAIA's best in pass, rush and total defense.

"I think this position is a great opportunity for me at this stage of my career," said Slovick. "Saint Xavier University is a great place to work and when you have a good working environment, good things happen. I looked at five things when I accepted the position: administration, faculty, staff, coaches and players. Saint Xavier excels in all five areas. Plus, I love being back on the South Side where I grew up."

Saint Xavier opens its 2005 slate on Saturday, September 3, with a non-conference, home match-up against Northwestern Oklahoma State University. Game time is scheduled for 1 p.m. at SXU stadium.