Armstrong football coach Frank Fabian resigns 4 years after overseeing merger

Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 10:03 PM

Armstrong football coach Frank Fabian, who helped Kittanning and Ford City merge into one program, has resigned after four seasons leading the River Hawks.

Fabian, 39, was Kittanning’s coach for three seasons before the districts merged in 2015. Combined, his teams went 45-26 in seven seasons.

“He basically wanted to spend time with his young family,” Armstrong athletic director Todd Harvey said. “He just decided it was time.”

Armstrong went 5-6 this past season and reached the WPIAL Class 5A playoffs, the team’s third postseason berth in four years. As a first-year program in 2015, the River Hawks went 6-4 and made their first playoff appearance.

Fabian had ties to both schools as a 1997 Ford City graduate who lived and coached in Kittanning.

“He did a good job and we tried to coax him into staying a little longer,” Harvey said. “He thought about it for a week after he initially came to us, but then at the end of that week he said it really is time.”

Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at [email protected] or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.


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