Mike Feminis
Mike Feminis Image
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 16th 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 15 seasons, the Cougars have amassed a 134-47 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 12 seasons and qualified for the NAIA postseason eight times since 2002.  The 2011 NAIA national championship was the first national title for the University in any sport in its 42-year history.

To say that Feminis knows how to turn a program around would be a huge understatement.  The American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) named him the 2011 NAIA National Coach of the Year, while American Football Monthly (AFM) and Schutt Sports honored him as NAIA Coach of the Year in both 2006 and 2010. 

Feminis has also made a name for himself in the MSFA earning the 2009, 2010 and 2012 Mideast League Coach of the Year award as well as 2005 Midwest League Coach of the Year.  In 2009, he was dubbed the AFCA-NAIA Regional Coach of the Year after guiding SXU to its first undefeated regular season (11-0) and advancing to the NAIA semifinals twice in four years (2006 & 2009).  Feminis followed that with a second perfect regular season (11-0) in 2010 and again advanced his Cougars to the national semifinals.

Under Feminis, winning is the norm as SXU has established itself as one of the premier small college football programs in the country.  Since 2005, the Cougars have won more games (94) than any of the 35 college football institutions in Illinois and rank second among the 90 NAIA football institutions.  In 2014, SXU shoots for its 15th straight winning season and eighth playoff berth in the last 10 years.

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 USF 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 USF records, 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 served as president of the NAIA Coaches Association from 2007-08 and been on the NAIA Raters Committee since 2000.

Feminis resides in Plainfield with his wife, Meredith, and daughters, Gianna, Francesca and Sophia.


Roster for 2014 Football Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Marco ScalzettiSOWR5-10175Downers Grove, Ill.Downers Grove South
2Ryan CarrollSOWR6-1180Evergreen Park, Ill.Marist
3Mark Strbjak*FRQB/P6-3215Munster, Ind.Northern Illinois/Munster
4Joe DeMarcoSRDB5-9185Chicago Ridge, Ill.Richards
5Mark WilliamsJRDB5-10200Evanston, Ill.Evanston Township
6Hunter MarcinekFRRB5-9185Crete, Ill.St. Rita
7Dan LaddSOWR6-1170Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
8Khary FergusonSRRB5-8170Indianapolis, Ind.Thomas More College/Cardinal Ritter
9Mike SheehySOLB5-11200Chicago, Ill.Brother Rice
10Austin FeeneyJRWR5-10180Morris, Ill.Morris
12John RhodeSOQB6-0200Chicago Heights, Ill.Montini Catholic
13Jake ZiarkoFRQB6-1160Lockport, Ill.Lockport Township
14Joe GarciaFRDB5-7145Burbank, Ill.St. Laurence
15Danny LombardoSRDB5-11185Lemont, Ill.Lemont Township
16Randall WellsJRWR5-11180Matteson, Ill.College of DuPage/Marian Catholic
17Kyle BakerFRWR5-8165Chicago, Ill.Orr Academy
18Khalfani King*FRQB/WR6-5200Chicago, Ill.De La Salle
19Chris FriendFRLB5-10210Washington, Ill.Washington Community
20Nick SaroccoFRK6-0190Darien, Ill.Hinsdale South
21Doug RugglesJRDB6-0180Mission Viejo, Calif.Saddleback (Calif.)/Mission Viejo
22Tyler HoegSRDB6-1200Channahon, Ill.Concordia (Minn.)/Minooka
23Nick DeBenedettiSRWR5-11190Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
24Dan FitzgeraldJRLB6-1200Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
25Dennis VilimekSOWR5-10190Orland Hills, Ill.Andrew
26Mike IvlowFRRB5-10195Channahon, Ill.Joliet Catholic Academy
27Robbie BrindleyFRDB5-8170Clarendon Hills, Ill.Nazareth Academy
28Joshua HunterJRRB5-9215South Holland, Ill.Thornridge
29Stephen SimmsSOWR5-8175Valparaiso, Ind.Valparaiso
30Tyler SharpSOLB6-1205Caledonia, Ill.Boylan Catholic
31Matt JohnsonSODB6-1185Rockford, Ill.Boylan Catholic
32John GloverSOLB5-11215Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
33Patrick KelsoSRDB5-11190Normal, Ill.University
34Michael MettilleJRLB6-2220Morris, Ill.Pennsylvania/Joliet Catholic Academ
35Jason StrangeFRDB5-9150Ypsilanti, MichHuron
36Chris ThompsonFRLB5-9180Chicago, Ill.Austin Community
37Ki-Jana CrawfordFRDB5-8170Country Club Hills, Ill.Marian Catholic
38Jackson ShanklinFRDB6-2180Plainfield, Ill.Joliet Catholic Academy
40Nick CemenoJRDL6-1245New Lenox, Ill.Providence Catholic
41Drey DevereauxFRDB5-9175Hobart, Ind.Hobart
42Alex HamiltonSODL6-2215Channahon, Ill.Minooka
43Tom HitzSRDL6-1240Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
44Jack WesolowskiJRLB5-10200Justice, Ill.Argo
45Alex WaltersSRLB6-0210Lisle, Ill.Montini Catholic
46Keegan HeroJRDB5-10200Frankfort, Ill.Lincoln-Way North
47Esau HemphillFRDB5-6170Chicago, Ill.Austin Community
48Joe BaileyFRP6-1175Lemont, Ill.Lemont
49Greg BrownFRLB5-10195Chicago, Ill.Chicago Vocational
50Brandon TrebbleFRDL5-11230Chicago, Ill.Kenwood Academy
51Denzel WattsJRDL5-11245Evergreen Park, Ill.Eastern Illinois/Evergreen Park
52Oscar MorenoFROL5-7225Chicago, Ill.Washington
54Mohammed AshkarSOOL6-0265Alsip, Ill.Shepard
55Justin HunterFROL6-2310Crest Hill, Ill.Joliet Catholic Academy
56Caleb CarterFRLB6-0220Chicago, Ill.Leo
57Ronald Luce*FROL6-0270Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
58Byron Bell*FROL6-0260Chicago, Ill.Southern Illinois/Fenger
59Greg HaywardSRDL6-3230Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
60Trace ShoupSOOL6-1300Forest View, Ill.St. Rita
61Ryan Ziarko*FRLB6-1220New Buffalo, Mich.New Buffalo
62Jalen HanselFROL6-3310Joliet, Ill.Joliet Catholic Academy
63Adam SmithSOOL6-2250Glen Ellyn, Ill.Glenbard West
64Jackson KingJROL6-1220Tinley Park, Ill.Providence Catholic
66Sean JonesSOOL6-3275Crown Point, Ind.Crown Point
69Jesse Gonzales*FRDL6-3245Merrionette Park, Ill.Minnesota State-Mankato/Eisenhower
70Alex ZaleskiSOOL6-3280Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
72Kevin LonerganSOOL6-2270Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
73Frank MarkasovicSROL6-1240Frankfort, Ill.Providence Catholic
80John FredericksonSRWR6-4210Evergreen Park, Ill.Evergreen Park
82Anderson CrumpFRWR6-2200Chicago, Ill.Richards
83Jack LaddFRWR6-2185Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
84Anthony KowalczykFRDL6-2230Chicago, Ill.Steinmetz
85Abdul MahdiFRK6-3200Chicago, Ill.Bogan
89Kevin BerriganSRDL6-4225Oak Lawn, Ill.St. Rita
90Marcus MaasSRDL6-3250Tinley Park, Ill.Culver Stockton/Tinley Park
91Rudy AntunaFRDL6-0305Monee, Ill.Crete-Monee
96Josh WallickFRDL6-0295Fisher, Ill.Fisher
99Freddy CaleroFRDL6-0240Hometown, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
* Redshirt
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