Mike Sabock
Position: Assistant Coach - Running Backs/Special Teams
Alma Mater: Baldwin-Wallace
Graduating Year: 1977
Phone: (269) 387-8634

Mike Sabock continues his career in the Mid-American Conference in his fourth season as the running backs and special teams coach at Western Michigan in 2010. 

The Bronco running game entered 2010 with one experienced ball carrier and finished the year with five able backs ready to carry the load.  Tevin Drake burst onto the scene against Ball State and finished his year with back-to-back 100-yard games.  Brian Fields also recorded 100-yard games in back-to-back weeks.  With Aaron Winchester entering his senior season, Antoin Scriven returning from injury and Dareyon Chance with another year under his belt, the Bronco offense has multiple weapons in its ground attack.

On special teams John Potter, a Third Team All-MAC selection, and Ben Armer continued their strong careers with Potter breaking both the single season and career records for consecutive PATs made.

The Bronco offense produced its first back-to-back 1,000-yard running back since Robert Sanford accomplished the feat in 1999-2000 when Brandon West finished with 1,164 yards in 2009.

West, also the Broncos return specialist, set the Mid-American Conference and NCAA Division I FBS records for career all-purpose yards (7,764) and career kick return yards (3,118).  He also ranks second in the MAC and NCAA Division I FBS in career kick returns (127).  Under Sabock's tutelage, Ben Armer became the first punter to receive All-MAC accolades since Adam Anderson in 2003-04.

Sabock helped WMU achieve the 15th 1,000-yard running back in program history as West rushed for 1,026 yards in 2008.  West also became the Broncos career record holder in kick returns, kick return yards and all-purpose yards during his junior campaign.

Prior to joining the Broncos, Sabock spent 24 seasons on the staff at Northern Illinois, the longest tenure of any football assistant coach in NIU's major college history.

Sabock was the Huskies' recruiting coordinator since Joe Novak took over as head coach in 1996. He became the defensive ends coach the next season and spent 11 seasons in that role. He also coached the Northern Illinois kickers and punters.

On the field, Sabock worked with some of NIU's best. Northern Illinois had a defensive end earn first team All-MAC honors in four of the last five seasons. In 2006, Larry English added his name to that list that includes Travis Moore (2002 and 2004), and Vinson Reynolds (2003). In his work with the Northern Illinois special teams, Sabock saw NIU players collect four-straight MAC Special Teams Player of the Year awards from 2000-03, including all-time scoring leader, kicker Steve Azar in 2001 and 2003.

He also worked with the Huskie defensive backs (1984-86 and 1995), outside linebackers (1987-94) and tight ends (1996). During his time at NIU, Sabock was on the staffs of four different head coaches, beginning with Lee Corso (1984) and continuing during the regimes of Jerry Pettibone (1985-90) and Charlie Sadler (1991-95).

Sabock came to Northern Illinois from Penn State, where he served as a graduate assistant coach for the Nittany Lions and legendary coach Joe Paterno in 1983, when PSU finished 7-4-1 with a trip to the Aloha Bowl. He made a pair of prep coaching stops in Ohio prior to that assignment, serving three seasons as the defensive coordinator at Austintown Fitch High School and three seasons at Alliance High School.

A two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference pick at Baldwin-Wallace College, Sabock started as a defensive back on the Yellow Jacket unit that ranked as high as No. 2 in NCAA Division III in 1976. Prior to that, he played both quarterback and defensive back at State College Area High School on unbeaten squads as a junior (9-0) and as a senior (10-0). In addition to his four football letters, Sabock was a four-year letterwinner as a pole vaulter on the track team.

He graduated from BWC in 1977 with a bachelor's degree in health and physical education and earned a master's degree in athletic administration from Kent State in 1981.

Sabock, born in Lansthul, Germany, (55/DOB: 8-21-55) is the co-author of a book "Coaching - A Realistic Perspective," now in its ninth edition. He and his wife, the former Sandy Spencer, have two grown sons, Kevin and Dan.  Kevin is a junior at Northern Illinois and serves as a student coach as he serves out his medical scholarship.  Dan is a player development coach at Rutgers.  Sandy is in her second term on the board of the American Football Coaches Wives Association.


2010   John Potter   Kicker   Third
2009   Brandon West   Running Back   Second
2009   Ben Armer   Punter   Third
2008   Brandon West
  Running Back