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June 07, 2013
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab

Mihalik earns ECFOA sportsmanship award

PIPERSVILLE, Pa. –George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University head football coach, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Eastern Collegiate Football Officials Association's sportsmanship award.

Mihalik will receive his award during the ECFOA's annual clinic Aug. 3-4 at West Chester University.

“Each year the officials in the ECFOA select a coach, who by his actions, demonstrates the highest ideals of sportsmanship,” Dennis Crim, ECFOA spokesman, said in a letter announcing Mihalik's selection.

“[Coach Mihalik's] interaction with officials, players and coaches exemplifies the highest ideals of collegiate athletics,” Crim said. “By his actions, he set a bench mark for his players and coaches to follow. It is always a pleasure for our officials to work Slippery Rock games.”

This year's award is the second Mihalik has received from an officials' organization. He was named in 1999 as the Tri-State Officials' Association's “Coach of the Year.”

Mihalik has also received four Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division and two regional “Coach of the Year” honors in recognition of his leading SRU to five PSAC-West championships and three appearances in the NCAA Division II national playoffs.

SRU's all-time leader in career victories, Mihalik ranks second among active PSAC head coaches and fifth on the conference's all-time wins list with a 168-102-4 record in 25 seasons as head coach.

In 2011, SRU recognized Mihalik's commitment to the University by renaming the former N. Kerr Thompson Stadium as “Mihalik-Thompson Stadium.”

Mihalik earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees from SRU and added a doctor of education degree in safety management from West Virginia University.

Slippery Rock University is Pennsylvania's premier public residential university. Slippery Rock University provides students with a comprehensive learning experience that intentionally combines academic instruction with enhanced educational and learning opportunities that make a positive difference in their lives.