by Jonathan Weaver
Newly-hired Kittanning Senior High Football Head Coach Frank Fabian introduced himself to Quarterback Club booster parents Monday night at their regular meeting.
Fabian spoke to approximately 20 parents and teenagers in the high school cafeteria and was optimistic about leading the Wildcats.
“My experience in the past has been pleasant working with the booster club, so I look forward to working with this booster club and turning this program into a consistent winner,” Fabian said.
Fabian has spent the past two years as head coach at Redbank Valley, but was also the 2009 Kittanning High School quarterbacks` coach and has been a teacher at both schools.
Before 2009, he coached for six years at Redbank Valley: four as the quarterbacks’ and defensive backs’ coach and two as offensive coordinator.
“I had a hard decision to make this offseason since I really enjoyed it up there,” Fabian said. “But I’m excited to be here.”
Fabian had not yet decided on his offensive or defensive schemes on-the-field, but is trying to get student athletes involved in the weight lifting program. The facilities are available to athletes three days-a-week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) before school starting at 6AM or after school.
He did, however, decide to break away from Kittanning’s Wing-T offense for a spread formation.
“That’s what I know, and I think I can adapt it to the kids we have,” Fabian said. “Our offense system’s easily adaptable to the talent we have. And it’s early yet, so I have to get in and look at that.”
For now, though, he wants to concentrate on getting student athletes prepared in the offseason.
“It’s been a kind of-hectic two weeks, but it seems like we’re headed in the right direction,” Fabian said.
Fabian was accompanied by his wife, Shannon – whom he called the ‘quarterback of their family,’ 3 ½-year-old daughter Julia and seven-month-old son Troy.
Fabian is a Gannon University football alum.
Quarterback Club President Dwayne Weitzel said the group is also excited for the team’s new direction under Fabian. Weitzel’s son, Levi, is a offensive/defensive tackle on the junior high squad and is to do so again when he enters 8th grade.
Weitzel said he has seen increased community excitement in the football program and hopes that continues through this fall.
“What we need to generate here is community pride,” Weitzel said. “Excitement in the community is definitely higher.”
This fall’s schedule is yet to be released by the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League, but Kittanning will be in Class AA.