Coach of the Year: Mike Mischler, Cathedral Prep, PA

[su_pullquote class=”coty-lede”]Mike Mischler helped Cathedral Prep (Pa.) cap an unprecedented two-year run of success in 2017 by leading the squad to its second consecutive Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association AAAA state championship.[/su_pullquote]

Mischler’s squad extended its school-record winning streak to 28 games with the state championship game victory over Imhotep Charter at Hersheypark Stadium. Mischler was named Pennsylvania AAAA Coach of the Year for the second year in a row. Mischler’s 2017 team finished the season ranked third in the nation by Catholic Athletes for Christ.

“Mike is an excellent coach who knows the game inside and out, and his historic two-year run which includes a school-record 28 straight wins and back to back state championships only validates that,” said Prep Director of Athletics Bill Flanagan. “What separates Mike from so many others is his true love and passion for the kids he coaches. Without question, that leadership style is the reason the Cathedral Prep football program has been so successful.”

Mischler is in his second stint as head coach at Cathedral Prep – the most recent of which began in 2009. During his first stint from 1998 to 2004, he led Prep to the first of four PIAA AAAA state championships during his tenure. He was named PIAA AAAA Coach of the Year that season, and Prep earned the No. 2 ranking in the nation by ESPN and No. 4 by USA Today.

Since his return in 2009, Mischler has led Prep to three more state championships – in 2012, 2016 and 2017. He was named PIAAA AAA Coach of the Year in 2012, and AAAA Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017.

Cathedral Prep has a regular season record of 172-39 under Mischler and a playoff mark of 44-15. Mischler’s resume also includes six championship game appearances, nine Western Final appearances, 12 District 10 titles, and 14 Metro-League/Region titles. Mischler has sent more than 100 of his former players to college to play football.

Between his stints at Cathedral Prep, Mischler served as the head coach at Iroquois High from 2006-2008. Mischler is an alumnus of Cathedral Prep, where he served as a captain of the school’s first Division 10 championship team in 1986.

A lifetime resident of Erie, Pa., Mischler graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1991. He has been married to wife Mary for 25 years. The couple has five children – Melissa, 23; Katherine, 22; Michelle, 19; Joseph, 18; and Kelly 16. Melissa graduated from Penn State last spring, while Katherine and Michelle are currently enrolled at University Park. Joseph is a senior at Cathedral Prep, and Kelly is a sophomore at VMA.