PHILADELPHIA - Former Penn football standout Mark Fabish, C’97, was officially named tight ends coach for the Quakers on Tuesday. Fabish arrives at Penn with 11 years of coaching experience, including stints with Monmouth University and the University of Rhode Island after his playing career at Penn.
“We have actually been targeting Mark for a long time, and we are certainly pleased to have him join the staff,” said Penn’s George A. Munger Head Coach of Football, Al Bagnoli. “He has a great pedigree as both a player and a coach. He is a great fit for us a high-energy guy with a good amount of experience, depth on his resume, and a great recruiter.”
“It has been a long-time goal of mine to get back to the University of Pennsylvania,” Fabish said. “I’m excited to have the opportunity to be a part of the program again, and to work with five coaches that I played under is quite an honor. This program has such a great tradition. I was able to win a couple of championship rings here and I want to help bring us back to that level.”
As a Quaker, Fabish was a four-year letterwinner as a part of Coach Bagnoli’s first recruiting class. Fabish won two Ivy League titles (1993 and 1994), was a part of the program’s historic 24-game winning streak, and received All-Ivy honors in his senior year. The wideout’s positional coach was current wide receivers coach Rick Ulrich, who was in his first stint at that position with the Red and Blue.
Fabish still holds school records as Penn’s all-time leader in career punt return yardage and career kickoff return yardage. He was the team’s top receiver in 1996 and received the Edgar Church Memorial Award that year, which is voted on by Penn letterwinners and granted to the player who contributed most to the team's success.
Fabish’s coaching career began with a role as special-teams coordinator at Don Bosco Prep High School in New Jersey. From there, he moved to Monmouth where he spent two years each as quarterbacks and wide receivers coach before becoming the school’s offensive coordinator. During his time as offensive coordinator, Fabish coached current Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Miles Austin and led the Hawks to a Northeast Conference title and a I-AA Mid-Major National Championship.
After 10 years with Monmouth, Fabish was picked up by the University of Rhode Island as a quarterbacks and wide receivers coach. In addition to these roles, he was also put in charge of the Rams’ recruitment efforts.
Fabish graduated from the Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization.