ALFRED, NEW YORK – Mick Caba ’73, in his 13th season as head football coach at Alfred State College in New York, has been inducted into the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Football Hall of Fame. Earlier in his career he was head football coach at Inver Hills Community College in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota, where his teams set National NJCAA passing records while leading the nation in offense in 1981 and 1982.
Caba started the football program at Grayson County (KY) High School immediately upon graduation from Georgetown and was named a Kentucky Colonel by then-Governor Julian Carroll in 1975 for the immediate impact he had on the county. That started the Caba family’s 40 year journey in coaching high school and college football that included stops in Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Iowa, Oklahoma, and now New York.
“Linda and I believe God called us into coaching as our Ministry to help young people,” said Caba. “He’s led us on an amazing and blessed journey.”
Their son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Jen (Freeman), are 2001 graduates of Georgetown College. Michael played football on the 2000 and 2001 National Championship teams for the Tigers. Michael is presently the defensive coordinator at Alfred State College; Jen is the assistant executive director of the YMCA in Hornell, New York. They have three children.
Mick and Linda’s daughter Jaime lives in Spring, Texas, with her husband Tavo. They also have three children.
The 2013 season will see yet another transition in Mick Caba’s coaching career as he will lead the Alfred State College football program into the NCAA Division III as Alfred State moves from the JUCO level to the NCAA.