Mike Feminis
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Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 14th Season

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.

Roster for 2012 Football Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Chase CattonSRWR5-8170Washington, Ill.Washington
2Dave MarcianoJRLB5-11220Chicago, Ill.Eastern Illinois/St. Rita
3Joe GillJRQB6-3235Munster, Ind.Western Illinois/Munster
4Tyler HoegSODB6-2200Channahon, Ill.Concordia (Minn.)/Minooka
5Mark WilliamsSODB5-9175Evanston, Ill.Evanston Township
6Josh PerkinsJRDL6-1240Manteno, Ill.SIU/Bishop McNamara
7Cole MidgettSORB5-10185Lowell, Ind.Lowell
8Khary FergusonSORB5-9175Indianapolis, Ind.Thomas More College/Cardinal Ritter
9Jimmy CoySRQB6-0210Park Ridge, Ill.Valdosta State/El Camino/Maine Sout
10Patrick KelsoSODB5-10180Normal, Ill.University
11Shane ZackerySRWR6-1190Rockford, Ill.Boylan Catholic
12John RhodeFRQB6-0190Chicago Heights, Ill.Montini Catholic
13McHale SmithJRWR6-2215Grand Haven, Mich.Spring Lake
14Spencer NolenJRK/P5-10175Columbia, Tenn.Nevada/UT-Chattanooga/Columbia Cent
15Danny LombardoSODB5-11175Lemont, Ill.Lemont
16Alex KolodziejSOWR6-1210Joliet, Ill.Joliet Catholic
17Corey WennmacherSRWR5-10180Belvidere, Ill.Belvidere North
18Zachary RaspopovichSOQB6-2160Merrillville, Ind.Merrillville
19Wes GastelSRWR5-11210Freeport, Ill.Freeport
20Clayton FejedelemSODB6-1185Lemont, Ill.Lemont
21Jeremy RhodesSRDB6-0180Alsip, Ill.Drake University/Brother Rice
22Zach DolphJRLB6-0215Crest Hill, Ill.Joliet Catholic
23Nick DeBenedettiSOWR5-11180Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
24Jacob GhinazziJRDB5-10195Rockford, Ill.Boylan Catholic
26Dan Ladd*FRWR6-1160Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
27Austin FeeneyFRATH5-10180Morris, Ill.Morris
28Joshua HunterSORB5-9215South Holland, Ill.Thornridge
29Dan FitzgeraldFRLB6-1200Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
30Nick KijurnaFRDL6-4225Lowell, Ind.Lowell
31Ryan FejedelemSRDL6-1235Lemont, Ill.Lemont
32Nick PesekJRRB5-8180Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
33Anthony RispoliJRDL5-11235Chicago, Ill.St. Laurence
34Jordan JuarezSOLB6-0230Lowell, Ind.Lowell
35Kevin SalmonFRDB6-1200Oak Lawn, Ill.Brother Rice
36Brandon Peterson*FRLB6-1210Warrenville, Ill.Wheaton-Warrenville South
37Joe DeMarcoSODB5-9180Chicago Ridge, Ill.Richards
38Jordan MorrenJRRB5-9195Rockford, Mich.Concordia University (Ill.)
39Kody KanagaSRWR6-2200Metamora, Ill.Metamora
40Raymond BuellJRLB5-11220Kankakee, Ill.Bishop McNamara
41Carven ProctorSRDB6-0185Oklahoma City, Okla.Winona State/Putnam City
42Zachary WallerFRLB5-10205Oak Forest, IllOak Forest
43Mike BrownSRRB5-11195Lake in the Hills, Ill.Bemidji State/Crystal Lake South
44Jacek WesolowskiFRLB5-11195Justice, Ill.Argo
45Alex WaltersSOLB6-0220Lisle, Ill.Montini
46Keegan HeroFRDB5-10200Frankfort, Ill.Lincoln-Way North
47Nick RoblesFRLB6-0215Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
48Mike BushnellSRLB5-10235Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
49Mike Sheehy*FRLB5-11210Chicago, Ill.Brother Rice
50Alex Hamilton*FRDL6-2225Channahon, Ill.Minooka
51Andrew HoldenJRDL6-1260Chicago, Ill.Notre Dame
52Tom HitzSOOL6-1240Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
53JD BarchardSODL6-3230Crystal Lake, Ill.Sioux Falls (S.D.)/Crystal Lake Sou
54Denzel WattsSODL5-10245Evergreen Park, Ill.Evergreen Park
55Jonathan Fasel*FRLB6-0250Crete, Ill.Crete-Monee
56Nick CemenoFRDL6-1245New Lenox, Ill.Providence Catholic
57Matt MunizziSROL6-1245Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
58Drew SchoolerFRDL6-1265Valparaiso, Ind.Valparaiso
59Greg HaywardSODL6-3230Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
60Tom Murphy*FRLB6-0185Homewood, Ill.Manteno
62Adam SmithFROL6-3240Glen Ellyn, Ill.Glenbard West
64Jackson KingSOOL6-1220Tinley Park, Ill.Providence Catholic
69Tim BeyerJRDL6-1240Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
70Brian StudnickaSOOL6-1255Palos Hills, Ill.Stagg
71Mike BentleyFROL6-0295Goodyear, Ariz.Estrella Foothills
72Tyler SmithSROL6-4290Frankfort, Ill.Lincoln-Way East
73Frank MarkasovicSOOL6-2270Frankfort, Ill.Providence Catholic
74Tim LaddJROL6-4280Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
75Mac StevensonJROL6-4290Chicago Heights, Ill.Marian Catholic
76Dylan HoweFROL6-4265Midlothian, Ill.Breman
77Jake JankowskiFROL6-3250Joliet, Ill.Joliet Catholic
78Anthony LaBancaSROL6-3260Beecher, Ill.TF-North
80John FredericksonSOWR6-3200Evergreen Park, Ill.Evergreen Park
81Sean Jones*FRWR6-2175Homewood, Ill.Homewood-Flossmoor
83Ryan Carroll*FRWR5-10175Chicago, Ill.Marist
87Marco Scalzetti*FRWR/ATH5-10180Downers Grove, Ill.Downers Grove South
89Kevin BerriganSODL6-4220Oak Lawn, Ill.St. Rita
90Trace Shoup*FRDL6-1295Forest View, Ill.St. Rita
93Brett BarchardSODL6-2220Crystal Lake, Ill.Harper JC/Crystal Lake South
94Paul CareyFRDL6-2220Merrillville, Ind.Merrillville
98Ryan MilesJRDL6-2230Crystal Lake, Ill.Crystal Lake South
99Jimmy SandlingSRDL6-0245Manteno, Ill.University of Indianapolis/Manteno
* Redshirt
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