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 11 seasons, the Cougars have amassed a 89-39 record, won the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title outright in 2009, shared the MSFA title four of the last eight seasons and qualified for the NAIA postseason in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2009.
To say that Mike Feminis knows how to turn a football program around would be an understatement. In fact, American Football Monthly and Schutt Sports named Feminis the 2006 NAIA Coach of the Year and the MSFA named him the 2005 Midwest League Coach of the Year. In 2009, Feminis was the MSFA Mideast League Coach of the Year and 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).
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 (49-14) than any of the 32 college football institutions in Illinois and rank fifth among the 95 football institutions in the NAIA. In 2010, Saint Xavier will shoot for its 11th straight winning season and, more importantly, 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.