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8 Rock football history season in review, 37 All-Americans All-time Requests for visiting players should be directed to the visiting team s sports information director. Megan Straehle, West Chester (Women s Swimming) Courtney Thompson, volume 2 Fall Legacy Randolph-Macon College: Building. Ocean Grove are invited to meet at. St. Paul's: Within two"~years" the Shore j The regular meeting of the Wcs-. Council of plaid canoe with plaid swim suit. Straehle brings swimmers to Carroll County. The swim team from Baltimore County, for which Olympian Michael Phelps once competed, was among "We had a big bump in and I see another bump coming in
Brian Crow Athletic trainer Scott Zema Equipment manager George Mihalik Office Home Offensive coordinator Vic Campagna Office Defensive coordinator Jay Foster Office Defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Shawn Lutz Office Linebackers coach Dwayne Martin Office Running backs coach Bill Horsman Offensive line coach Joe Walton Special teams coach Tim Ready Equipment manager Back cover Season preview Support staff Playoff history Records Results: Conf Top Ten Award winners football standings composite schedule Football champions: Herald, the final two years as assistant sports editor.
Slippery Rock University welcomes coverage by accredited writers, photographers and broadcast outlets. The telephone number is ; the fax number is Press box facilities: Kerr Thompson Stadium is limited. Media personnel requesting space in the pressbox should make arrangements with the SPI office as early as possible.
Overflow space for media and scouts is also available under a canopy located in front of the pressbox. Accredited media will be admitted to Rock home football games by displaying their media identification card. In accordance with NCAA rules, photographers and television personnel must remain out of the team bench areas inside the 30 yard lines.
Media personnel working on the sidelines and end zones must obtain a field pass and will assume the responsibility for all risks.
Parking passes should be requested as early as possible. SPI staff will provide game programs containing team rosters, pregame statistics and the PSAC weekly report prior to each game. During the game, play by play and quarterly statistics will be distributed. Following the game, a complete statistical package will be distributed.
The SPI staff will fax a complete statistical summary and game story upon request. The SPI office will offer a complimentary meal prior to each home game. The meal will be available in the pressbox for a one-hour period that ends one half hour prior to kickoff. McComas received his M. A minute cooling off period will be enforced for each Rock home game, after which time the visiting coach will be available for media interviews in the conference room adjacent to The Rock football locker room at Bob DiSpirito Field at N.
SRU head coach Dr. George Mihalik and selected Rock players will be available immediately following the visiting coach s postgame press conference. Requests for visiting players should be directed to the visiting team s sports information director. Interviews other than those immediately following a game must be arranged through the SPI office. SPI staff will see that all reasonable requests are met and a time will be arranged so as to not interfere with the student-athlete s academic and athletic schedules.
Radio stations or Internet services wishing to broadcast Rock home football games should contact The SPI office to reserve space in the pressbox. A complimentary telephone line will be available to the official station of the visiting team. George Mihalik The Mihalik file Born: May 22, in Colver, Pa. Bishop Carroll Collegiate alma mater: Slippery Rock University Degrees: Head coach present; Assistant head coach and offensive coordinator, ; Quarterbacks coach, ; Graduate assistant, University of Kentucky: George Mihalik begins his 32nd season as a part of The Rock football program and 16th season as head coach.
To say Mihalik has played an important role in the success of Rock football during those years would be doing the man a grave injustice. Mihalik, 51, enters the season as the second winningest coach in SRU football history, behind only the legendary N. Mihalik owns an impressive record as The Rock s head coach. He ranks 16th nationally in both career wins and career winning percentage.
Mihalik-coached Rock squads have won 30 of their last 36 PSAC- West contests, 30 of their last 35 home games, 53 of the last 62 regular-season games against NCAA Division II rivals, 54 of their last 71 games overall and 74 of games played in the last eight seasons a.
The Rock has also recorded 12 consecutive winning seasons the longest active streak in the PSAC and won 95 of games. Mihalik s ties to The Rock extend back to the fall of when he arrived on campus as an incoming freshman. Since then, he has played four years, three seasons as SRU s starting quarterback, and coached 27 seasons. The only year Mihalik was away from Rock football since was inwhen he served one season as graduate assistant coach under Fran Curci at the University of Kentucky Southeastern Conference.
George Mihalik is the recipient of a traditional postgame ice-chest shower following his th victory as The Rock s head football coach, a triumph on Bob DiSpirito Field at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium over Millersville on Nov. Hunting, fishing, golf Family: Mihalik s milestone victories First I have always maintained the coaching awards I have been fortunate enough to receive should be cut up and presented to the assistant coaches and players, he says. I have had the good fortune of having excellent assistant coaches and players, and they deserve the credit.
Mihalik s Rock football coaching staff will include three men offensive coordinator Vic Campagna, defensive coordinator Jay Foster and offensive line coach Joe Walton who have been at his side for all 16 seasons.
He still holds the career pass completion percentage record Following graduation, Mihalik served 11 seasons as quarterbacks coach.
He was named as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator in when his former mentor, Bob DiSpirito, returned to guide The Rock fortunes on an interim basis. Mihalik succeeded DiSpirito as The Rock s head coach following the completion of the season. The Doctor s dossier A season-by-season recap of Dr. George Mihalik s 15 seasons as The Rock s head football coach: His focus is not only on developing winning football teams, but also producing valuable members of society. With a sincere commitment toward education, the values of honesty, loyalty and integrity embody the man Mihalik has become.
Mihalik is a member of the small group of collegiate head coaches in the nation to be the proud owner of a doctorate degree.
He received an Ed. Born in Colver, Pa. Mihalik is a professor in SRU s Department of Allied Health and retains faculty status and teaches within the department. The Rock head coach likes to hunt and fish and play golf when time allows.
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Mihalik and his wife, Laura who is also an SRU alumnus are the proud parents of two daughters: His mother, Helen, is arguably the No. But she may be challenged for that honor by Coach Mihalik s uncle and aunt, John and Betty, and big brothers, Denny and Bob, all of whom are fixtures on The Rock sidelines or in the stands.
Rock head football coach Dr. George Mihalik and his wife, Laura leftare the proud parents of two daughters: Jenny Lee second from right and Beth. George Mihalik has received the following honors during his year head coaching career at The Rock: To honor the memory of his father, a former coal miner who taught his sons the importance of a blue-collar work ethic, the George Mihalik Sr.
The elder Mihalik s work ethic and Dr. Rock football coaching records Ranked by victories Coach Yrs. Seasons W L T Pct. Kerr ThompsonDr. Meise Jack Olcutt Emil L. Miller Chester Stackhouse John B. He assumed the offensive reins from Dr. George Mihalik when the latter was named as head coach in Coach Campagna is one of three assistant coaches who have served alongside Mihalik for all wins recorded by SRU since Coach Campagna is responsible for developing the offensive game plan while also working with the team s quarterbacks.
Three of his former players attained All-American status as signal callers. He was Portage s head coach for five seasons after serving as an assistant coach in both football and basketball.
George Mihalik s staff throughout his year Rock head coaching career. He currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in the department. He and his wife, Monica, live in Slippery Rock. They are the parents of two children: Prior to assuming full control of the defense, Coach Foster served as co-defensive coordinator with Joe Kopnisky for 11 seasons.
Coach Foster is one of three assistant coaches who have been on Rock head coach Dr. George Mihalik s staff for all victories since the start of the season.
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Coach Foster returned to coaching the defensive backs in after tutoring the linebackers in He will again tutor the secondary in He has coached 20 Rock players who have attained All-America honors. He coached the receivers and tight ends in before moving over to direct the middle linebackers and strong safeties in Coach Foster completed his thesis at West Chester to earn his master s degree in Physical Education in A native of Berwick, Maine, he was a standout free safety at Plymouth State N.
During his four collegiate seasons, Plymouth dominated with an impressive record and he was an All-New England Conference selection in Coach Foster resides in Grove City with his wife, Dorry; two sons, Zach, 15, and Thom, 13; and one daughter, Brogan, 9. Coach Lutz tutored the tight ends and tackles in and served as graduate assistant in and A three-year letterman as a tight end at West Virginia University under legendary coach Don Nehlen, Coach Lutz was a member of two WVU bowl teams.
One of those teams finished the regular season unbeaten, won the Big East Conference championship, played in the Sugar Bowl and had a No. Coach Martin previously served three seasons as an assistant coach at Wesley College in Dover, Delaware. He was secondary coach in his final two seasons at Wesley after coaching running backs in Prior to joining the Wesley staff, Coach Martin served two seasons as defensive coordinator and secondary coach at West Virginia Tech.
Coach Martin started his coaching career as a student assistant at West Virginia Wesleyan. Coach Martin has a year-old son, Don Dwayne Jr. Coach Walton has tutored 11 Rock players who have been recognized with All- American honors.
A native of Beaver Falls, he was an outstanding offensive lineman at Pittsburgh. He played his final two collegiate seasons under legendary head coach Johnny Majors before graduating in Coach Walton taught and coached for four years at Johnstown Vo-Tech and seven years at Slippery Rock High School before joining the SRU coaching staff. He led SRHS to an record inthe best record in school history. Dwayne and Don Dwayne Martin Jr.
Coach Horsman started his coaching career as defensive coordinator for three years at Grove City High School, where he worked with the running backs. He moved on to Grove City College in for a year stint as an assistant coach. Coach Horsman and his wife, Tina, live in Butler and are the parents of two sons, Christopher, 17, and Michael, He will tutor the tight ends. Coach Ready tutored the offensive and defensive lines at St.
Johns High School in Washington, D. Coach Jones came to The Rock after five years of coaching on the high school level, most recently at Grove City, where he was defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. He had the same duties at Moniteau High School.
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Coach Jones was a four-year letterman at Thiel College. He will be irreplaceable; Jim was an All-America player who earned a place in our Hall of Fame as a player and then coached here.
He was so dependable and reliable, and he did an outstanding job with our wide receivers. His death is a real loss. It definitely leaves a void and gives us an empty feeling.
He and his wife Bonnie are both great examples of Rock Pride. McElhaney taught physical education at Moniteau for 39 years. He held practically every pass receiving record at one time. He currently ranks third on SRU s career receptions list, fourth in career receiving yards and seventh in singleseason receiving yardage.
He still holds the record for longest reception 94 yards vs. Following his collegiate career, he was drafted by the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He is survived by his wife, Bonnie Gangone ; two sons, Jim and Sean; four grandchildren; two sisters and several nieces and nephews.
Not pictured are student assistants Steve Saylor and Drew Murphy. Kerr Thompson Stadium, the site of Rock home football games sincewill have a new look and feel in the fall of as artificial turf and lights are added to the facility. The Rock football team will also be housed in a renovated locker room area. The Rock will host Gannon University at 7 p. DiSpirito Field at Thompson Stadium has been the scene of many exciting moments during its year history.
Some of the more memorable: The Rock rolled past Waynesburg,in the first-ever game at the stadium. Freshman wide receiver D. The Rock defeated Shepherd W. Through the years, Thompson Stadium, named in honor of legendary coach N. Kerr Thompson, has been a tough place for opponents to win. Rock teams have had a. Thompson DiSpirito compiled a record at the stadium since and a record in the last six seasons.
During current head coach Dr. George Mihalik s 15 seasons at the helm, The Rock has won 57 of 80 home games, a.
Mihalik-coached Rock teams won 19 straight home games before dropping the season-finale in Rock teams have recorded perfect home records in five seasons at Thompson Stadium, highlighted by a mark in and records in and The playing surface got a name of its own in when the university recognized Bob DiSpirito the third winningest coach in school history by dedicating the field in his honor.
That win total ranks as the third best in school history behind Thompson s season, mark and Mihalik s season, record. DiSpirito s Rock teams enjoyed most of their success on Thompson Field, the previous home of Rock football games.
SRU won the final 13 games and 18 of the last 22 games played on the field located adjacent to Morrow Field House. Thompson Stadium was originally scheduled to be ready inbut delays in completion ruined those plans. Construction was completed and the stadium was thought to be ready for its inaugural game on Sept.
Heavy rains on the eve of that anticipated first game forced school officials to move the game and the following week s date with Edinboro to Butler High School, though.
Three weeks later, after 16, square feet of sod and two chimney drains on each side of the field were installed, The Rock finally got to play its first game at Thompson Stadium. The Rock rolled over Waynesburg that afternoon in a memorable Homecoming contest and has continued to gather no moss in the last 29 seasons. AstroPlay Installed summer Lighting George Mihalik s thoughts on different aspects of the upcoming season: We are very, very proud of that accomplishment because of the quality of the teams in the PSAC.
To be able to say that we lead this group of teams in this category is really saying something. The reason for our string of success is very simple to explain: Our coaching staff has been stable we have eight men who have been together on the same staff for eight or more seasons and are excellent people as well as coaches.
But you also can t overlook the importance of the great young men who have played in this program, believed in this staff and the philosophy of our program We refuse to lose and been willing to do what we have asked of them. It s a mentality, an attitude and a belief that The Rock will win.
Overall expectations for season: We always have high expectations as we approach the season. That is our approach year in and year out because our philosophy is, if you set your goals low, you are only going to achieve those low goals.
Some seasons, at least on paper, the opportunity to reach the lofty goals we set for ourselves appears better than in other seasons. We feel that, this year, the opportunity to achieve those expectations is very real. It should be an exciting and very interesting fall.
I don t think there is a clear-cut favorite. We respect all of our foes, but fear none of them. We have a schedule that will challenge us. Then home against a Gannon program that is on the rise, at Fairmont State, which year-in and year-out is among the best teams in the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and home against Bloomsburg, which has been in the NCAA playoffs two of the last three years, played for the national championship in and has won four successive PSAC-East titles.
And, then we get to the meat of the schedule. Every year, our division games are dogfights, and this year will be no different.
We pride ourselves on playing one of the toughest schedules in the region, if not the nation, and this year s schedule certainly meets that requirement. Keys to the season: The better you are able to do that, the better your chances of having a championship season. We also know that we have a couple of key positions that have to come through for us to be as successful as we feel we can be this fall.
Therefore, it will be important that our front seven on defense and our offensive line the anticipated strengths of our team this fall play well early to allow our defensive secondary and quarterback position to mature and gain confidence.
Can a team win championships if one of the pieces to the puzzle are missing? No, championship seasons come when all three phases of the game offense, defense and special teams perform at the peak level.
I think our last two seasons have proven that. Each of the last two seasons, one of the pieces in our offense has been lackluster the passing game in and the running game in Despite that, we have still produced winning seasons. That s a credit to the team concept we believe in here at The Rock; that means our defense and special teams have been strong and consistent. This will be the third straight season in which a new starting quarterback will take the opening snap.
Obviously, this is not a good situation to be in because it doesn t do much for continuity and stability of an offense. That s the downside. The upside is, with young redshirted freshmen vying for the job, we have the prospect of a stable situation for the next three seasons.
The fact that our strengths this fall should be the defensive and offensive lines will help take a lot of the pressure off our young quarterbacks. Realizing that she almost spilled the beans, Haley instead said it was a long day because of final exams she took Tuesday at a school in Kansas. Only his mom was in the dark. He and Haley, who were childhood sweethearts, got married on Jan.
She lived near his base in Kansas and went to school there while Simpson was in Iraq. Then, on August 27, Joey popped the big question on his girlfriend, Lindsey, while enjoying a gondola ride around the Newport Harbor. We are excited to say that she will be officially joining the Fiori Clan next year!
Name one thing you miss most about Lodi. Besides my parents, brother, and favorite dog Scooter, who I do think about every day, I have to say the things I miss most about Lodi are the food and the memories I have of sharing meals with family and friends both at home and at our myriad of locally owned restaurants.
I not only continue to find inspiration in their hard work and dedication, but I also hope that one day, somehow, the Butcher Shoppe will finally break down and name a sandwich after my family — The Nardinelli Knockout. Rachel Ray did a segment yesterday on Good Morning America that included making homemade bbq sauce uniquely and creatively flavored by youputting it into jars, and then giving it as a gift along with a gift card to your local butcher shoppe.
This is a great idea for hostess gifts, birthday gifts, or just to share some love to those around you with a passion for food and cooking! Click title below to see her t. Click here to contact us to get your gift cards: Homemade Everything By Ivan Moore For 27 years, the family-owned deli has been serving a loyal customer base fresh fare made from local ingredients and gourmet meats. Owners Joe and Barbara started the business inwhen Joe began selling his own cured and marinated meats.
His specialties included homemade bratwurst, smoked salmon, and home-cured pastrami.