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Mike Cavan

Mike Cavan
Biographical details
Born (1948-04-15) April 15, 1948 (age 75)
Playing career
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1977–1985Georgia (offensive backs)
1986–1991Valdosta State
1992–1996East Tennessee State
Head coaching record
Tournaments1–1 (NCAA D-I-AA playoffs)
Accomplishments and honors

Mike Cavan (born April 15, 1948) is a former American football player and coach. He served as the head coach at Valdosta State University (1986–1991), East Tennessee State University (1992–1996) and Southern Methodist University (1997–2001), compiling a career college football record of 89–83–2. Cavan played as a quarterback at the University of Georgia from 1968 to 1970 and was an assistant coach there from 1977 to 1985. He joined the Georgia staff under Kirby Smart as Special Assistant to the Head Coach.[1] He was part of the staff that has won two national championships under Smart.[2][3]

Head coaching record

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Valdosta State Blazers (Gulf South Conference) (1986–1991)
1986 Valdosta State 9–2 7–1 2nd
1987 Valdosta State 6–4 4–4 4th
1988 Valdosta State 6–3–1 4–3–1 4th
1989 Valdosta State 5–5 5–3 3rd
1990 Valdosta State 5–5 5–3 4th
1991 Valdosta State 6–3–1 4–1–1 T–2nd
Valdosta State: 37–22–2 24–15–2
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (Southern Conference) (1992–1996)
1992 East Tennessee State 5–6 2–5 6th
1993 East Tennessee State 5–6 3–5 7th
1994 East Tennessee State 6–5 4–4 T–5th
1995 East Tennessee State 4–7 4–4 5th
1996 East Tennessee State 10–3 7–1 2nd L NCAA Division I-AA Quarterfinal
East Tennessee State: 30–27 20–19
SMU Mustangs (Western Athletic Conference) (1997–2001)
1997 SMU 6–5 5–3 T–2nd (Mountain)
1998 SMU 5–7 4–4 T–5th (Mountain)
1999 SMU 4–6 3–3 5th
2000 SMU 3–9 2–6 T–6th
2001 SMU 4–7 4–3 5th
SMU: 22–34 18–19
Total: 89–83–2


  1. ^ "Georgia gives Smart a special adviser". DawgNation. January 11, 2016. Retrieved 2023-02-27.
  2. ^ Blinder, Alan (January 10, 2022). "How Georgia Beat Alabama to Win College Football's National Championship". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2023.
  3. ^ Witz, Billy (January 9, 2023). "How Georgia Romped Past T.C.U. For a Second Straight Title". The New York Times. Retrieved February 27, 2023.
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