|Slippery Rock Football|
|Head coach||Shawn Lutz |
4 season, 39-11 (.780)
|Location||Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania|
|Bowl record||1–2–0 (.333)|
|Claimed national titles||1* Division 1 FBS|
|Colors||Green and White|
|Fight song||Slippery Rock fight song|
|Marching band||Slippery Rock University Marching Pride|
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 at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, a 10,000 capacity stadium named after famous Rock coaches.
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 the Edinboro Fighting Scots 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.
John B. Price - 1906-07. 3-2-2 record, .571 winning percentage.
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.
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 Lutz - 2016 - Present.
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 then-current head coach George Mihalik. It is one of few college football stadiums where stadium was named in honor of the then-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.
"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.
Announcing the Slippery Rock score has been a tradition at University of Michigan football games since 1959, begun by Michigan Stadium announcer Steve Filipiak. Slippery Rock's scores have also been announced at the games of many other major schools, including Texas, North Carolina, Stanford, and California. Michigan is the only school that still continues this tradition.
Such is Slippery Rock's popularity in Ann Arbor that The Rock has played three times at massive Michigan Stadium. First, in front of a Division II-record 61,143 fans, Slippery Rock lost to Shippensburg University, 45-14, in 1979. Two years later, over 35,000 were in attendance in 1981 when the Rock took on the Wayne State Warriors, with Wayne State winning, 14-13. Slippery Rock returned to Michigan Stadium in 2014, against Mercyhurst University, losing again, this time by a 45-23 score. (15,121 were in their seats for this one—tiny by Michigan standards but still the largest crowd to watch a Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference game that season.)
Greg Hopkins - Arena 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.