George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University’s head football coach, has been the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division "Coach of the Year" in voting by his peers.
The honor, announced Tuesday, was the fifth earned by Mihalik in 26 seasons as SRU’s head coach. Mihalik previously won the award in 1997, 1998, 1999 and 2011.
Mihalik's honor came in recognition of his leading The Rock to a 9-2 overall season record and a 6-1 PSAC-West mark that earned SRU the outright division championship and a berth in last Saturday's conference championship game at Bloomsburg.
The Mihalik-coached team also earned its first NCAA playoff berth since 1999 and will open postseason play Nov. 23 at Winston-Salem State University in North Carolina, which was last year's national runner-up team. SRU enters the game ranked 16th in the Beyond Sports Network Division II Power Rankings and 20th in both the American Football Coaches Association and D2Football.com national polls.
At SRU, Mihalik has compiled a 176-105-4 career record that ranks as the second-highest win total among active PSAC head coaches behind only Rock graduate Dennis Douds' 243 wins in 40 seasons as head coach at East Stroudsburg University.
Mihalik ranks fourth among active NCAA Division II head coaches in career wins and fifth on the PSAC's all-time wins list.
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