Football - Mon, Aug. 16, 2004
CHICAGO -- Mike Feminis, head coach of the Saint Xavier University football team, continued to stay in elite company as one of just 10 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) coaches named to American Football Monthly's (AFM) Annual "Hot List" for the second straight year according to its August 2004 issue.

Last season, SXU finished with a 7-4 overall record and shared the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Midwest League championship for the second straight season. The Cougars also fell just short of qualifying for the NAIA playoffs in 2003.

"To be on the same list as many of these coaches is a great honor," said Feminis. "Our program has made big strides over the last few years and my assistant coaching staff deserves a lot of the credit. This season, we are hoping to build on our recent success."

Over the past 10 years, AFM's primary goal has been to showcase the nation's top coaches at all levels. This year, 80 coaches from high school, junior college, NAIA, Division III, Division II, Division I-AA, Division I-A and the pros made its annual "hot list."

"Our research staff looked at coaches at all levels of competition--high school through the NFL," said AFM's Managing Editor Rex Lardner. "We believe this listing includes the top coaches at all levels that are either ready for a breakout year, poised to move up the ranks, or continuing a successful tradition."

The Cougars open their 2004 season on Thursday, September 2, with a 7 p.m. road game in Normal, Ill., against NCAA Division I-AA foe Illinois State University at Hancock Stadium.