Alfred State Football coach Mick Caba is part of the 2012 NJCAA Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame Class. Caba, in his 13th season at the helm of the Pioneer football program is joined in the class by Terrence Cody (defensive linemen from Mississippi Gulf Coast CC) and the 1983 Coffeyville CC football team.
The 2012 season is Caba's 17th year coaching at the NJCAA level. Earlier in his career he spent four years at the helm of Inver Hills CC in Minneapolis, MN. His overall record in NJCAA, including the 2012 season, is 72-89.
Caba came to Alfred State in 2000 and is only the second coach in Pioneer history. He has a 58-69 record at the helm of the program and has led the team to six seasons above .500. He 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 nine NJCAA All-Americans. In addition Caba was named the Northeast Football Conference Coach of the Year in 2005.
In his time on the sideline at Alfred, Caba has approximately twenty players move to NCAA Division I programs and countless others have continued their careers at other levels of the NCAA and NAIA.
Rod Streater, who played for Caba in 2008 and 2009, became the first former Alfred State football player to play in the NFL as he made his NFL debut with the Oakland Raiders in September.
On top of his coaching duties at Alfred, Caba has been an active member of the NJCAA Coaches Association. He has served in four different positions and most recently served as the association's president from 2010 to 2011.
Caba has also spent time coaching at non-NJCAA schools including the University of Minnesota Morris, Panhandle State University, and Iowa Wesleyan College.
Caba and his wife Linda have two married children, Michael (Jen) and Jaime (Octavio), and five grandchildren, Madison, Alex, Morgan, Jaimen, and Molli. The Caba's are expecting the arrival of grandchild number six this winter.
Alfred State will honor Caba and present him with his Hall of Fame plaque at halftime of this Saturday's contest vs. the Onondaga Ogres Football Club. Opening kickoff is slated for 1 p.m. Following the game there will be a cake and coffee reception at the main entrance of Pioneer Stadium.