In today’s world, it’s rare to see a coach stick with one program for an extended period of time. Some examples of these longtime coaches are Virginia Tech’s Frank Beamer, Florida State’s Bobby Bowden, and Penn State’s Joe Paterno, all names that had a ton of success with their team.
Now, another coach that probably isn’t as well-known is retiring after nearly 30 years of coaching. According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Slippery Rock head coach George Mihalik announced that he would be retiring after 28 years with the team.
“I guess if you love what you’e doing, it’s never a job. This was never a job. This was a family,” Mihalik said, one day after he informed his team of the news. “It was my family and it extended to the Rock football family. I thank every player who ever wore the green and white. I thank you for the privilege to be your coach. I thank every coach that ever worked here on my staff.”
Mihalik leaves the team after taking them to their second consecutive Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference championship, a school-best 12-2 record, and the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division II playoffs. Their season ended after a 28-16 loss to Shepherd last Saturday.
Through his career, Mihalik amassed a 197-111-4 record, all spent with Slippery Rock. He also brought home seven PSAC West division championships and two conference championships, both won in the last two years.
He also took the team four straight playoff appearances from 1997-2000 as well as one four out of the last five seasons. To say that he has had a successful career is certainly an understatement.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to SRU.edu