Mike Feminis
Mike Feminis Image
Position: Head Coach
Years Coached: 13th 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 12 seasons, the Cougars have amassed a 102-40 record, won the Mid-States Football Association (MSFA) Mideast League title outright in 2009 & 2010, shared the MSFA title five of the last nine seasons and qualified for the NAIA postseason in 2002, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2010.

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 and 2010 NAIA Coach of the Year and the MSFA named him the 2010 and 2009 Mideast League Coach of the Year as well as the 2005 Midwest League Coach of the Year. In 2009, Feminis was also 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).  He 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 (53-12) than any of the 32 college football institutions in Illinois and rank third among the 90 football institutions in the NAIA. In 2011, Saint Xavier will shoot for its 12th 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.

Roster for 2011 Football Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.Wt.HometownPrevious School
1Chase CattonJRWR5-8170Washington, Ill.Washington
2Dave MarcianoSOLB5-10215Chicago, Ill.Eastern Illinois/St. Rita
3Joe GillSOQB6-3235Munster, Ind.Western Illinois/Munster
4Nick PechoJRDB6-3200Frankfort, Ill.Lincoln-Way East
5Tyler Hoeg*FRDB6-2185Channahon, Ill.Concordia (Minn.)/Minooka
6Josh PerkinsSODL6-1235Manteno, Ill.SIU/Bishop McNamara
7Mark WilliamsFRDB5-9175Evanston, Ill.Evanston Township
8Sean BryceSRRB6-0220Oak Forest, Ill.Oak Forest
9Jimmy CoySRQB6-0205Park Ridge, Ill.Valdosta State/El Camino/Maine Sout
10Patrick Kelso*FRWR5-10180Normal, Ill.University
11Shane ZackeryJRWR5-11185Rockford, Ill.Boylan Catholic
12Joe RizziJRTE6-3230Lansing, Ill.South Suburban CC/TF-South
13McHale SmithSOTE6-2215Grand Haven, Mich.Spring Lake
14Spencer NolenSOK/P5-10175Columbia, Tenn.Nevada/UT-Chattanooga/Columbia Cent
15Danny LombardoFRDB5-10170Lemont, Ill.Lemont
16Alex KolodziejFRWR6-1195Joliet, Ill.Joliet Catholic
17Corey WennmacherJRWR5-10185Belvidere, Ill.Belvidere North
18Zachary RaspopovichFRQB6-2160Merrillville, Ind.Merrillville
19Wes GastelJRWR5-11210Freeport, Ill.Freeport
20Clayton FejedelemFRDB6-1185Lemont, Ill.Lemont
21Jeremy RhodesJRDB6-0190Alsip, Ill.Drake University/Brother Rice
22Zach DolphSOLB6-0210Crest Hill, Ill.Joliet Catholic
23Tavares EstesSRDL5-11215Chicago, Ill.Corliss
24Jacob GhinazziSODB5-10195Rockford, Ill.Boylan Catholic
25Mike BrownJRRB5-11195Lake in the Hills, Ill.Bemidji State/Crystal Lake South
27Nick DeBenedettiFRWR5-11175Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
28KJ FranklinSRRB5-7180Crete, Ill.Crete-Monee
29Joshua HunterFRRB5-9200South Holland, Ill.Thornridge
30Cole MidgettFRRB5-10180Lowell, Ind.Lowell
31Ryan FejedelemJRLB6-1220Lemont, Ill.Lemont
32Nick PesekSORB5-8180Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
33Anthony RispoliSODL5-11235Chicago, Ill.St. Laurence
34A.J. NicholsSRK/P5-10180Tinley Park, Ill.Mount Carmel
35Jimmy JohnsonFRDB5-9170Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
36Michael ProsserSRDE6-2240Rockton, Ill.Rockton-Hononegah
37Joe DeMarcoFRDB5-9175Chicago Ridge, Ill.Richards
38Jeremy GaleFRDB5-8160Oak Forest, Ill.Oak Forest
39Kody KanagaJRWR6-2220Metamora, Ill.Metamora
40Raymond BuellSOLB5-10210Kankakee, Ill.Bishop McNamara
41Carven ProctorJRDB6-0185Oklahoma City, Okla.Winona State/Putnam City
42Alex WaltersFRLB6-0205Lisle, Ill.Montini
43Ricardo SantillanFRDB5-9170Cicero, Ill.Morton East
44Bryan TyzenhausSRLB5-10205Plainfield, Ill.Plainfield Central
46Ben TouzinskySRDL6-2235Temecula, Calif.Great Oak
48Mike BushnellJRLB5-10225Tinley Park, Ill.Andrew
49Tom LynchSRK/P5-11205Frankfort, Ill.Southern Illinois/Lincoln-Way East
50Zachary WallerFRLB5-9210Oak Forest, IllOak Forest
51Andrew HoldenSODL6-1255Chicago, Ill.Notre Dame
52Tom HitzFROL6-1240Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
53JD Barchard*FRDL6-3230Crystal Lake, Ill.Sioux Falls (S.D.)/Crystal Lake Sou
54Denzel WattsFRDL5-10245Evergreen Park, Ill.Evergreen Park
55Moises PerezSOOL6-1265Blue Island, Ill.Eisenhower
57Matt MunizziJROL6-1245Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
58Jordan JuarezFRLB6-0210Lowell, Ind.Lowell
59Greg HaywardFROL6-3230Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
60Jacek WesolowskiFRLB5-11185Justice, Ill.Argo
62Adam SmithFROL6-2240Glen Ellyn, Ill.Glenbard West
64Mac StevensonSOOL6-4280Chicago Heights, Ill.Marian Catholic
66Jackson KingFROL6-1220Tinley Park, Ill.Providence Catholic
69Tim BeyerSODL6-1240Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
70Brian Studnicka*FROL6-1250Palos Hills, Ill.Stagg
71Kenny SmithSOOL6-3290Minooka, Ill.Minooka
72Tyler SmithJROL6-3290Frankfort, Ill.Lincoln-Way East
73Frank MarkasovicFROL6-2270Frankfort, Ill.Providence Catholic
74Tim LaddSOOL6-4275Chicago, Ill.St. Rita
77Alex Zabawa*FROL6-4275Berwyn, Ill.Morton
78Anthony LaBancaJROL6-3260Beecher, Ill.TF-North
79Michael JohnsonSROL6-6290Harvey, Ill.Thornton
80John Frederickson*FRWR6-3190Evergreen Park, Ill.Evergreen Park
81John Robinson*FRWR5-9180Oak Lawn, Ill.Oak Lawn Community
83Cory Palmer*FRWR5-8175Readfield, MaineMaranacook
84Nico Krajecki*FRWR6-4220Chicago, Ill.SIU/Fenwick
89Kevin Berrigan*FRDL6-4220Oak Lawn, Ill.St. Rita
90Patrick AppinoSRDL6-5270Rockford, Ill.Boylan Catholic
92Matt YerkesJRDL6-3225Palos Heights, Ill.Western Illinois/Marist
97Mohammed Mahmoud*FRTE6-2210Oak Forest, Ill.South Suburban CC/Oak Forest
98Ryan MilesSODL6-1230Crystal Lake, Ill.Crystal Lake South
99Jimmy SandlingJRDL6-0240Manteno, Ill.University of Indianapolis/Manteno
* Redshirt
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