Prior to the arrival of Mike Feminis in 1999, Saint Xavier football had won just eight games in its six-year history. Over the last 13 seasons, the Cougars have amassed a 116-41 record, won the 2011 NAIA Football National Championship, captured the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title outright in 2009 & 2010, shared the MSFA title five of the last 10 seasons and qualified for the NAIA postseason in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2011 NAIA national championship was the first national title for the University in any sport in its 41-year history.
To say that Mike Feminis knows how to turn a football program around would be a huge understatement. In fact, the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) named Feminis the 2011 NAIA National Coach of the Year, while American Football Monthly (AFM) and Schutt Sports honored him as the NAIA Coach of the Year in both 2006 and 2010. Feminis has also made a name for himself within the MSFA earning the 2009 and 2010 Mideast League Coach of the Year award as well as 2005 Midwest League Coach of the Year recognition. In 2009, he was dubbed the AFCA-NAIA Regional Coach of the Year after guiding Saint Xavier to the program's first undefeated regular season (11-0) and advancing to the NAIA semifinals for the second time in four years (2006 & 2009). Feminis followed that up with a second straight perfect regular season (11-0) in 2010 and again advanced his Cougars to the semifinals of the NAIA Football Championship Series.
Under Feminis, winning is the norm as SXU has established itself as one of the premier small college football programs in the country. Since 2006, the Cougars have won more games (67-13) than any of the 32 college football institutions in Illinois and rank third among the 90 football institutions in the NAIA. In 2012, Saint Xavier will shoot for its 13th straight winning season and, more importantly, defending the school's first national title.
Prior to SXU, Feminis coached at the University of St. Francis in Joliet, Ill. He served as linebacker coach (1990-93) before becoming defensive coordinator (1994-98). As a player at St. Francis from 1986-89, Feminis started every game of his career (41) and was a four-time NAIA All-District 20 selection at linebacker. In 1989, he was the NAIA Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today and earned NAIA All-American First Team honors.
Feminis holds numerous records at St. Francis, including most tackles in a game (29) and career (469). He was inducted into the USF Athletics Hall of Fame (1996) as well as his high school Marian Catholic (2000) in Chicago Heights.
Feminis earned a bachelor's degree in journalism/communications from St. Francis in 1990 and a master's in physical education/athletic administration from the University of Illinois-Chicago (UIC) in 1993. He most recently served as president of the NAIA Coaches Association from 2007-08 and has been a member of the NAIA Raters Committee since 2000.
Feminis resides in Plainfield with his wife, Meredith, and daughters, Gianna, Francesca and Sophia.