Former Golden Eagle football coach Mike Sinkovitz victim of auto accident

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Former Tennessee Tech defensive line coach Mike Sinkovitz, a member of Gary Darnell's staff from 1983 to 1985, died on Wednesday, Dec 3, due to injuries sustained in a car accident. He was at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

Sinkovitz was known among the staff and Golden Eagle players as "coach Sarge" in tribute to his 26 years as a member of the United States Army Special Forces. He worked to help develop and mold an extremely young Tech defensive line.

A native of Harrisburg, Pa., Sinkovitz attended Upper Iowa University where he received his bachelor's degree in 1977 in business and physical education. Among his coaching credenitals prior to his arrival at Tech were stints as the defensive line coach at the University of Wisconsin, defensive coordinator at Upper Iowa, defensive line coach at Panhandle (Okla.) State University, and defensive line coach at the University of New Mexico.

He joined a TEch coaching staff in 1983 under Darnell that also included Dennis Franchione, Bruce Snelling, Wade Cargile, John Somsky, Dick Bumpas, Gary Patterson and Michael Schultz.

His complete obituary:

Command Sergeant Major Ret. John "Mike" Sinkovitz died on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

John was born in Harrisburg Pennsylvania on June 23rd 1936, to John and Mary Sinkovitz. He retired from the Army in 1981 after 26 years of service to his country. John was a distinguished and decorated soldier in both Korea and Vietnam. After the military, John coached college football at a number of schools and became the Director of Intramurals and Recreation at Methodist University in 1989.

John Sinkovitz is survived by his wife, Karen Jordan Sinkovitz; his three children, Cathryn, Christopher and Michael; his two grandchildren, James and Kayla; and two sisters, Carlene and Joanne.

A Memorial will be held in Reeves Auditorium at Methodist University on Wednesday December 10th at 4:00 pm. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00pm on Friday, February 13th in Arlington National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in John's name to The Walter Reid Society OIF/OEF Family Support Fund, PO Box 596 Walter Reid Station, Washington DC 20012, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of our wounded veterans.