WACO, Texas –George Mihalik, Slippery Rock University head football coach, has been named the American Football Coaches Association's Division II Region 1 Coach of the Year.
Mihalik received the honor in voting by head and assistant coaching peers in the region, which includes 30 teams from the Pennsylvania State Athletic, Mountain East and Northeast-10 conferences.
The AFCA regional Coach of the Year honor is the third earned by Mihalik, who was previously honored in 1997 and 1998.
Mihalik earned his latest honor by leading The Rock to a 9-3 overall record, the outright Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference-Western Division championship and the team’s first berth in the NCAA Division II playoffs since 1999.
The Rock's all-time leader in career wins with a 176-106-4 record in 26 seasons, Mihalik currently ranks second among active PSAC head coaches and fourth among active Division II coaches, as well as fifth on the PSAC's all-time wins list.
Mihalik-coached Rock teams have won or shared six PSAC-West titles since 1997, earned two conference runner-up finishes and competed in four NCAA playoffs.
In recognition of his leadership abilities, Mihalik, in addition to the three regional honors, has received five PSAC-West Coach of the Year honors and two awards from officiating organizations.
The SRU coach has been inducted into five halls of fame: SRU Athletic (1997), Butler Area Sports (2001), Cambria County Sports (2006), Pennsylvania Sports Western Chapter (2012) and Bishop Carroll High School (2012). He is a charter member of the Ebensburg High School Hall of Fame.
"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," Mihalik said. "Throughout the years, I have had the good fortune of having excellent assistant coaches and players. They deserve the credit."
The 2013 Regional Coach of the Year winners will be recognized Jan. 14 at the AFCA Coach of the Year Dinner at the 2014 AFCA Convention in Indianapolis, Ind.
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.