Ivy League Championships
Former Penn football standout Mark Fabish, C’97, begins his sixth season on the Quakers' coaching staff in 2014. Fabish spent his first four seasons as the tight ends coach and now serves as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
After winning two Ivy titles as a player at Penn (1993, 1994), Fabish has helped guide the Quakers to three Ivy championships in five years along the Red and Blue sideline.
In his first season with the wideouts, Fabish coached two players into the school record book. Both Conner Scott and Ryan Mitchell soared into Penn's all-time top 10 in career receptions and receiving yards.
In 2011, tight end Luke Nawrocki earned honorable mention All-Ivy status for the third straight year under Coach Fabish. Nawrocki had a string of 17 consecutive games with a catch during that time. He and the tight ends were also a part of the sixth-best rushing offense in the nation in 2010 and combined with the offensive line to allow the fewest sacks in the Ivy League for the second year in a row.
When Penn’s starting tight end went out with an injury midway through the 2009 campaign, Fabish replaced him with Nawrocki, who went on to earn All-Ivy honorable mention status despite starting just five games. Nawrocki was sixth on the team in receptions and second in touchdowns as a sophomore.
Fabish returned to his alma mater after spending the 2008 season at the University of Rhode Island as a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. In addition to those roles, he was also put in charge of the Rams’ recruitment efforts. While at Rhode Island, Fabish guided wide receiver Brandon Johnson-Farrell to all-conference honors in his freshman season. Johnson-Farrell also broke the single-season school record for kickoff return yards under the tutelege of the former Quakers return specialist, while quarterback Derek Cassidy through for nearly 3,000 yards and had 15 touchdown passes in 2008.
Prior to his time in the Ocean State, Fabish spent 10 years at Monmouth University, the last six as offensive coordinator. In 2007, the Hawks led the Northeast Conference (NEC) in passing offense (207.9 ypg) and placed three offensive players on the NEC First Team. In 2006, five members of the Monmouth offense earned All-Northeast Conference honors.
The 2005 Hawks squad featured current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin, who became the third player in the history of the Northeast Conference to post 1,000 yards receiving in one season (20.5 yards per reception). Monmouth captured the second NEC title in school history and MU's first-ever I-AA Mid-Major National Championship in 2004.
Fabish spent two seasons as wide receivers coach and two more as quarterbacks coach prior to his appointment as offensive coordinator. He arrived at Monmouth following a tryout at the Atlanta Falcons mini-camp and a stint as special teams coordinator at Don Bosco Prep High School in Ramsey, N.J. in 1997.
Fabish enjoyed an illustrious playing career at Penn from 1993-96, helping the Quakers win two Ivy League titles (1993 and 1994) while helping string together an NCAA-record 24 consecutive victories from 1993-95. Penn did not lose a game until his junior season. The four-year letterwinner still holds the school records as the all-time leader in career punt return yardage and kickoff return yardage. As the team's top receiver during his senior season in 1996, Fabish was named to the All-Ivy League team, and also received the Edgar Church Memorial Award, which is voted on by Penn letterwinners and granted to the player who contributed most to the team's success.
A native of Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J. and a graduate of Bergen Catholic High School, Fabish led the Crusaders to back-to-back undefeated state championship seasons in 1991 and 1992. He was then a part of head coach Al Bagnoli's first recruiting class in 1993.
Fabish graduated from the Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization.
He resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Lara, and son, Thomas.