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Caba headed into 15th season at Alfred State

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Community First Sports

Grayson County High School Football had a season record of 3-6-1 in its first year, 1974-75. Sophomores Timmy Winn, Terry Glasscock and Ronnie Whobrey were stars of the team that year.

ALFRED, N.Y. —Spring football is in the air and the man who started football at Grayson County High School is headed into his 15th season as the head coach at Alfred State University in New York.
Former Grayson County High School football head coach Mick Caba is still going strong in the college coaching ranks. In his 14 years at Alfred State, Caba has brought national attention to the Pioneer football program. During his tenure, Caba’s Pioneers have finished .500 or above seven times.
Caba’s 14th season marked his return to NCAA Division III football. Caba and the Pioneers finished the 2013 season with a 4-6 mark and had nine players honored by the USCAA.
Caba has a 64-74 record at the helm of the program. He has led the Pioneers to their first Region III Championship in 2011, the first winning season in the history of the program in 2000, helped Alfred State to a 7-4 record in 2003, and coached seven NJCAA All-Americans. In 2005, Caba was named the NFC Coach of the Year.  
On Nov. 3, 2012, Caba was inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame. Caba spent time earlier in his career as the head football coach at Inver Hills Community College in Minnesota where his teams set National NJCAA Passing Records while leading the Nation in Total Offense in 1981 and 1982. He also has held numerous positions within the NJCAA Coaches Association.
Prior to arriving at Alfred State, Caba coached at Inver Hills Community College (Minneapolis, Minn.), the University of Minnesota Morris (Morris, Minn.), Panhandle State University (Goodwell, Okla.), and Iowa Wesleyan College (Mt. Pleasant, Iowa). Overall, Caba has a 74-89 mark in his 16 years coaching at the NJCAA level and a 100-170 overall collegiate record.
Caba stresses success on and off the field. On the field he has coached 12 All-Americans and numerous Pioneers have moved on to higher levels of NCAA football while off the field he has seen hundreds of his former student-athletes receive four-year degrees.
When former Pioneer Rod Streater signed with the Oakland Raiders in 2012 he became Coach Caba’s fifth player to sign with an NFL team.
Caba has a bachelor of arts degree in physical education and latin from Georgetown College where he played both football and baseball, and a master’s degree from Western Michigan University.
Upon graduation from Georgetown College in 1973, Caba started the football program at Grayson County High School and was named a Kentucky Colonel (Commonwealth of Kentucky’s Highest Honor) by then Gov. Julian Carroll in 1975 for the immediate impact he had on the county.
Caba has also been honored by being named a Master Teacher in Kentucky in 1993 and was presented a Lifetime Teaching Certificate in Latin and Physical Education by the Ky. Department of Education. In 2006, he was recognized and honored and acknowledged for his Excellence as a Distinguished Educator by Who's Who Among America's Teachers.
Caba and wife, Linda, have two children, Michael who is married to Jen Freeman and Jaime who is married to Octavio Diaz. The Caba’s have six grandchildren, Madison, Alex, Morgan, Jaimen, Molli and Mikinlyn.
Overall, Caba's record at Alfred State is 64-74꫻