Mike Feminis
Mike Feminis Image
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 15th Season
Alma Mater: University of St. Francis (Ill.)

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 14 seasons, the Cougars have amassed a 127-43 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 six of the last 11 seasons and qualified for the NAIA postseason in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.  The 2011 NAIA national championship was the first national title for the University in any sport in its 42-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 (78-15) than any of the 32 college football institutions in Illinois and rank third among the 90 football institutions in the NAIA.  In 2013, Saint Xavier will shoot for its 14th straight winning season.

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 2013 Football Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Marco Scalzetti*FRWR5-10180Downers Grove, Ill.Downers Grove South
2Dave MarcianoSRLB5-11220Chicago, Ill.Eastern Illinois/St. Rita
3Joe GillSRQB6-3235Munster, Ind.Western Illinois/Munster
4Tyler HoegJRDB6-2200Channahon, Ill.Concordia (Minn.)/Minooka
5Mark WilliamsJRDB5-10195Evanston, Ill.Evanston Township
6Josh PerkinsSRDL6-1260Manteno, Ill.SIU/La Lumiere
7Dan Ladd*FRQB/WR6-1170Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
8Khary FergusonJRRB5-9165Indianapolis, Ind.Thomas More College/Cardinal Ritter
9Ryan Carroll*FRWR6-1180Evergreen Park, Ill.Marist
10Austin FeeneySOATH5-10180Morris, Ill.Morris
11Sean Jones*FRWR6-2175Homewood, Ill.Homewood-Flossmoor
12John Rhode*FRQB6-0200Chicago Heights, Ill.Montini Catholic
13Cole MidgettJRRB5-10190Lowell, Ind.Lowell
14Spencer NolenSRK/P5-10180Columbia, Tenn.Nevada/UT-Chattanooga/Columbia Cent
15Danny LombardoJRDB5-11185Lemont, Ill.Lemont Township
16Robyn PondexterFRQB/RB5-6170Chicago, Ill.Julian
17Kevin SalmonSODB6-1180Oak Lawn, Ill.Brother Rice
18Dennis VilimekFRWR5-10190Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
19Mike Sheehy*FRLB5-11200Chicago, Ill.Brother Rice
20Dan FitzgeraldSODB6-1200Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
21Patrick KelsoJRDB5-11180Normal, Ill.University
22Zach DolphSRLB6-0215Crest Hill, Ill.Joliet Catholic
23Nick DeBenedettiJRWR5-11185Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
24Jacob GhinazziSRDB5-10195Rockford, Ill.Boylan Catholic
25Jonathan Fasel*FRLB6-1220Crete, Ill.Crete-Monee
26Jake LemmingFRDB5-9170Lemont, Ill.Lemont Township
27Tim LombardFRRB5-10195Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
28Joshua HunterSORB5-9215South Holland, Ill.Thornridge
29Quovontae SneedFRDB6-1195Chicago, Ill.Collins Academy
30Tyler SharpFRLB6-1205Caledonia, Ill.Boylan Catholic
31Matt JohnsonFRDB6-1180Rockford, Ill.Boylan Catholic
32Nick PesekSRRB5-8180Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
33Anthony RispoliSRDL5-11235Chicago, Ill.St. Laurence
34Nick Kijurna*FRDL6-4260Lowell, Ind.Lowell
35Steve SuarezFRRB5-10165Frankfort, Ill.Lincoln-Way East
37Joe DeMarcoJRDB5-9185Chicago Ridge, Ill.Richards
38Stephen SimmsFRWR5-7175Valparaiso, Ind.Valparaiso
39Jake BuckFRRB5-7160Waterloo, IowaCedar Falls
40Nick CemenoSODL6-1245New Lenox, Ill.Providence Catholic
41Kendal NowlingFRLB5-10185Chicago, Ill.Hales Franciscan
42Alex HamiltonSODL6-2220Channahon, Ill.Minooka
43LeVern JohnsonFRLB6-2205Calumet Park, Ill.Leo
44Jacek WesolowskiSOLB5-10200Justice, Ill.Argo
45Alex WaltersJRLB6-0220Lisle, Ill.Montini Catholic
46Keegan HeroSODB5-10200Frankfort, Ill.Lincoln-Way North
47Jourden SwopesFRWR6-1170Grayslake, Ill.Grayslake Central
48Anthony MauerFRDB6-4200Lowell, Ind.Lowell
49Joshua BurgessFRLB6-0210Posen, Ill.Bremen
50Marcus MaasJRLB/DE6-2240Tinley Park, Ill.Culver Stockton/Tinley Park
51Andrew HoldenSRDL6-1260Chicago, Ill.Notre Dame
52Tom HitzJROL6-1240Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
53JD BarchardJRDL6-3230Crystal Lake, Ill.Sioux Falls (S.D.)/Crystal Lake Sou
54Josh HickeyFRDL6-1250Chicago, Ill.Marist
55John GloverFRLB5-11215Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
56Mohammed AshkarFROL6-0265Alsip, Ill.Shepard
57Ronald LuceFROL5-11250Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
58Mike BentleySOOL6-0250Goodyear, Ariz.Estrella Foothills
59Greg HaywardJRDL6-3230Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
60Trace Shoup*FROL6-1290Forest View, Ill.St. Rita
61Ryan ZiarkoFRLB6-1220New Buffalo, Mich.New Buffalo
62Luke Rowell*FROL6-3250Chicago, Ill.University of Indianapolis/Brother
64Jackson KingSOOL6-1200Tinley Park, Ill.Providence Catholic
65Matthew SobczakFROL6-5300Crown Point, Ind.Merrillville
66Sean R. JonesFROL6-3265Crown Point, Ind.Crown Point
67Vince CalderoneFROL6-2265New Lenox, Ill.Providence Catholic
69Tim BeyerSRDL6-1230Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
70Brian StudnickaSROL6-2255Palos Hills, Ill.Stagg
71Ricky DicksonFROL6-3285Park Forest, Ill.Rich East
72Kevin LonerganFROL6-2270Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
73Frank MarkasovicJROL6-2240Frankfort, Ill.Providence Catholic
74Tim LaddSROL6-4290Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
75Mac StevensonSROL6-4290Chicago Heights, Ill.Marian Catholic
76Alex ZaleskiFROL6-3275Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
78Denzel ParkerFROL6-5350Chicago, Ill.Perspectives Calumet
80John FredericksonJRWR6-3200Evergreen Park, Ill.Evergreen Park
82Khalfani KingFRWR6-3185Chicago, Ill.De La Salle
85Aaron DyeFRWR6-0170Merrillville, Ind.Merrillville
89Kevin BerriganJRDL6-4225Oak Lawn, Ill.St. Rita
94Paul CareySODL6-2230Merrillville, Ind.Merrillville
99Austin CopleyJRDL6-3260Mokena, Ill.Grand Valley/Joliet JC/Lincoln-Way
* Redshirt
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