"Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize." 1 Corinthians 9:26-27
Mike Papas is in his ninth year at East Texas Baptist University and about to start his fourth year as the full-time strength and conditioning coordinator. After six years coaching football, he was promoted to start and oversee the strength and conditioning program for Tiger Athletics. Papas also serves as an adjunct professor in the ETBU Kinesiology Department. He came to ETBU in 2010 as an offensive football coach and coached quarterbacks, offensive line, and running backs, during his tenure on the football staff.Papas was the offensive coordinator in 2011 and 2012 and worked with quarterback Sed Harris and running back Jair Stover as they became the first pair of ETBU players to record 1,000-yard rushing seasons in the same year. Harris finished his career as the ETBU's leader in career yards per carry and completion percentage and also set new single-season records in the program for pass attempts, completions and completion percentage. In 2010, with Papas serving as quarterbacks coach, Harris became the first player in the history of the program to rush for 1,000 yards and pass for 1,000 yards in the same season. Harris also was the second player in Tiger football history to amass 1,000 yards rushing in a single season, earning honorable mention All-American and American Southwest Conference honors for the first time in his career. Papas joined the ETBU football staff in June of 2010 after serving as head football coach at North Crowley High School. Papas was named the first head football coach at North Crowley in 1998, when the school opened. Papas' teams competed in brutal district alignments that featured such Texas powerhouses as Aledo, Stephenville, Brownwood, Mansfield Summit and Abilene. The Panthers evolved through the Class 3A, 4A, and 5A ranks under Papas' direction, which included a run to the 2003 Class 4A Division I State Championship. In the team's first year of competition in Class 5A, North Crowley finished second in District 4-5A and qualified for the playoffs. The following year, North Crowley won the district title with a 9-1 mark. In 2005, Papas was named the district's Coach of the Year. In his career at North Crowley, Papas was recognized as Coach of the Year twice in district play. He was also named Coach of the Year by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fox Sports Southwest, Texas PrepXtra, High School Xtra and the Texas Sportswriters Association. He was selected as the Riddell Southwest Regional Coach of the Year, and in 2008, Papas was selected “Body By Milk” National Coach of the Year. Under Papas’ direction, North Crowley also won State Powerlifting Championships in 2002 and 2003. Prior to coaching at North Crowley, Papas was offensive line coach and offensive coordinator at Corsicana High School from 1986-98. He also served as the Tigers' scouting coordinator and was the head powerlifting coach. Papas was offensive coordinator at Crowley High School from 1983-85, and he was freshman and junior varsity coach at Sherman High School from 1981-82. Throughout his career, Papas has been active in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association, having served as a Regional Director, State Vice President, State President, and Association Business Manager. Papas has also judged the Boys’ and Girls’ State Powerlifting Championships. In the last twenty years, Papas has also been a frequent clinic speaker locally and regionally, covering topics related to football, powerlifting, and strength and conditioning. A native of Raytown, MO, Papas graduated from Austin College in Sherman, Texas, in 1980 with degrees in Biology and Physical Education. He received his Master's degree in Education from Austin College in 1981, and has teaching certifications in Biology, Health and Physical Education. Papas is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.), is certified by USAWeightlifting as a Level 1 Olympic Weightlifting Coach (USAW1).