Slippery Rock football

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Slippery Rock football
2017 Slippery Rock football team
Head coach Shawn Lutz
2 season, 7–4 (.636)
Stadium Mihalik-Thompson Stadium
(Capacity: 10,000)
Field Dispirto Field
Year built 1974
Field surface AstroPlay
Location Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania
Conference PSAC
All-time record 527–354–38 (.594)
Bowl record 1–2–0 (.333)
Conference titles 9
Colors Green and White[1]
         
Fight song Slippery Rock fight song
Website RockAthletics

Slippery Rock football, known as The Rock, is the college football team at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Slippery Rock competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference which is a part of NCAA Division II football. They play their home games on Dispirito Field at N. Kerr Thompson Stadium, named after N. Kerr Thompson and Bob Dispirito, former coaches of Slippery Rock Football teams.[2]

History[edit]

Slippery Rock's inaugural football season was in 1898. During their first season, the team compiled a 1–0 record, beating New Castle High School. Slippery Rock did not hire a head coach until the 1906 season, when John B. Price became the first coach in Slippery Rock football history. Over the course of 112 seasons of football, (no season in 1943–44 because of WWII) Slippery Rock has compiled a total record of 527–354–38. The team has captured 9 PSAC Championships: 1939, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1997 (PSAC-W), 1998 (PSAC-W), 1999 (PSAC-W), 2000 (PSAC-W), 2011 (PSAC-W); as well as 6 state championships: 1924, 1939, 1962, 1972, 1973, 1974. Slippery Rock has had two undefeated seasons, 1924 finishing 9–0 and 1938 ending 8–0. In 1958, Slippery Rock played in its first bowl game, the Beaver Bowl where they defeated Edinboro Fighting Scot's 6–0. Slippery Rock has played in two bowl games since. The 1963 All-Sports Bowl, where they were defeated by Northeast Oklahoma St. 59–12. The most recent bowl game was the 1972 Knute Rockne Bowl losing 27–26 to Bridgeport. Slippery Rock has played in 7 total playoff games and has compiled a record of 3–4.

Head Coaches[edit]

John B. Price – 1906–07. 3–2–2 record, .571 winning percentage.

Harry Snyder – 1908–09, 1911–13. 18–8–3 record, .679 winning percentage. Became athletic director a few years later.[3]

Emil Miller – 1910. 5–3–0 record, .625 winning percentage.

Arthur Gaut – 1914–17. 16–10–3 record, .603 winning percentage.

Loyal S. Marshall – 1918–19. 3–7–0 record, .300 winning percentage.

N. Kerr Thompson – 1920–42, 1945. 126–58–22 record, .674 winning percentage. Led Slippery Rock to 12 Division championships and 8 state championships. Led four of the five unbeaten seasons at the school for football. Also coached basketball and baseball while at Slippery Rock.

William "Pop" Storer – 1946–52. 30–22–4 record, .571 winning percentage.

Chester Stackhouse – 1953–54. 5–10–1 record, .344 winning percentage.

William Meise – 1955–58. 12–17–1 record, .471 winning percentage. Also Track assistant coach at Slippery Rock.

Charles Godlasky – 1959–64. 31–19–4 record, .611 winning percentage. Took Slippery Rock to three PSAC-Western Division championship, and state championship in 1962. His team also played in the 1963 All-Sports Bowl.

Jack Olcutt – 1965–66. 7–11–2 record, .400 winning percentage.

Bob Dispirito – 1967–80, 1987. 79–60–3 record, .567 winning percentage. Coached Slippery Rock to three straight PSAC championships from 1972–74. Earned 2 bowl appearances for Slippery Rock, and led them to the first trip into Michigan stadium.

Fred Goldsmith – 1981. 2–7–0 record, .222 winning percentage. Led Slippery Rock team in second trip to Michigan Stadium, losing 14–13 to Wayne State Warriors.

Don Ault – 1982–86. 27–23–0 record, .540 winning percentage. In his first season at Slippery Rock, he was named Coach of the Year by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.[4]

George Mihalik – 1988 – 2015. 185–109–4 record, .628 winning percentage. Mihalik has the highest wins in school history, and is among the most successful. He has also led Slippery Rock to 12 straight winning seasons at one point during his tenure. He is part of an elite group of college football head coaches in the nation to own a doctorate degree.

Shawn Luntz – 2016 – Present.

Facilities[edit]

The Pride play their games at N. Kerr Thompson-Mihalik Stadium on Dispirito Field. The stadium name, however, has been changed starting with the 2011 season to Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, in honor of current head coach George Mihalik. It is one of few college football stadiums where the name of the stadium is in honor of the current head coach. The stadium name is also in honor of N. Kerr Thompson, who was one of the most successful coaches in Slippery Rock history. Dispirito Field was named for former head coach Bob Dispirito who also was a successful coach in Slippery Rock history.

Traditions[edit]

"The Rock", located just outside the East endzone of the stadium, was donated by the Army Corps of Engineers in 1995. Players rub the rock every time they take the field prior to each home game.

The announcing of the Slippery Rock score is a tradition at University of Michigan football games. This tradition began in 1959 by Michigan Stadium announcer Steve Filipiak. In the past, it was a tradition at many stadiums to announce Slippery Rock's scores, schools such as Texas, North Carolina, Stanford,[5] and California. Michigan is the only school that still continues this tradition.

Slippery Rock has played three times at Michigan Stadium in the team's history. They have taken on Shippensburg University in 1979, the Wayne State Warriors in 1981, and Mercyhurst University in 2014. In front of 61,143 fans, Slippery Rock lost to Shippensburg by a score of 45–14. The 61,143 fans was a record for most people to be in attendance to watch a Division II football game. Two years later Slippery Rock faced Wayne State and lost by a score of 14–13 in front of 35,000 plus fans, this is also among the top in attendance totals for a Division II football game. In 2014, Slippery Rock lost again at Michigan Stadium, this time to Mercyhurst 45–23.[6]

Alumni[edit]

Greg HopkinsArena Football League wide receiver/linebacker, Los Angeles Avengers. Was a Four year letterman and was a three time All American honoree. Along with being a three time all PSAC selection. He set nine separate school records and had 215 receptions for 3,382 yards.

Matt KinsingerArena Football League fullback/linebacker for the Chicago Rush. At Slippery Rock, Kinsinger was a defensive lineman and was named Football Gazette All-American.

Brandon Fusco – Drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 6th round. Played center while at Slippery Rock. Became first player in school history to compete in Senior Bowl.

Ricky Porter – Drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 12th round, 319th overall in 1982.

Chuck Sanders – Drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the 11th round, 293rd overall in 1986.

Greg Paterra – Drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the 11th round, 286th overall in 1989.

Mike Butterworth – 2008 Free Agent, Atlanta Falcons

David FlickCanadian Football League

John SikoraArena Football League

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