The Southeast Missouri football program and Head Football Coach Tom Matukewicz were recognized by the Cape Girardeau City Council Monday, Dec. 17, for their successful 2018 season. Cape Girardeau Mayor Bob Fox commended the program for the impact they had on the community and throughout the region.
“Their unprecedented success in hosting the first ever FCS football game (at Houck Stadium) was a great event,” Fox said. “It was a great event for the University. It was a great event for the community.”
Fox congratulated Matukewicz on being named Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year, for being nominated national coach of the year and for the accolades several of his players received.
“We hope this season is just the first of continued success, and we thank you for your part in not only raising our University to high standards but for exposing our community to the national scene. Your dedication and commitment is just unbelievable, and we thank you for it.”
Matukewicz said the players truly deserve the recognition. Because of their sacrifices, the team found success, he said.
“It’s way bigger than a coach,” he said. “From the administration to the community, I hope everybody takes a piece of this season” to enjoy. “It is all of ours.”
He said football helps bring together the community.
“I’m just thankful for everybody, and I appreciate the honor on behalf of the football team,” he said.