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Fedak named interim athletic director at Trinity Catholic

January 4, 2019

Three weeks after the resignation of Bob Robustelli, Trinity Catholic has named an interim athletic director.

The school announced Friday that Frank Fedak III will take over Jan. 10, the day after Robustelli’s tenure officially ends.

Fedak will fill the interim role as the school conducts a search for a new full-time athletic director.

“Frank accepted the job knowing he has a tough job to do,” Trinity Catholic Director, Marketing and Communications Michael Macari said. “We will officially be looking for a full-time athletic director beginning later this month and Frank will be a part of that. We wanted to get someone in place with administrative experience in the middle of the winter season. The administration all like Frank and feel like he is the best person for the job right now.”

Fedak will be inheriting an athletic department in flux after the departure of football coach Donny Panapada and girls basketball coach Mike Martino along with Robustelli’s resignation over the last three weeks.

The school is also facing declining enrollment, which is impacting athletic participation at the school.

First up, Fedak will be looking to fill vacancies for a baseball and boys lacrosse head coach.

In a press release from the school, Fedak expressed optimism about the future of Trinity athletics.

“There is an atmosphere of excitement at Trinity today,” Fedak said in the statement. “The new administration is successfully guiding the school on a path back to prominence as a respected Catholic educational institution. This matches well with my background, both in Catholic education and the development of student athletes prepared for college and life.”

Fedak has been involved in Fairfield County sports for years with over 20 years of coaching experience at Weston High School, Northeast Baseball School, Notre Dame-Fairfield High School, Sacred Heart University and the with the Bridgeport Bluefish.

Fedak is a graduate of Fairfield Prep and Sacred Heart University.

Fedak has been a teacher as well as a veteran official in the Eastern Association of Intercollegiate Football Officials and Fairfield County Football Officials Association.

“Frank is a person of tremendous character and integrity,” Gerry Costello, Assigning Commissioner of the Fairfield County Football Officials Association said in the press release. “He has first-hand knowledge of the value and goals of a Catholic education and how athletics supports those values in the student athlete.”

Robustelli, a 1970 graduate of then-Stamford Catholic High School, was athletic director for about 2 1/2 years, taking over in 2016 for Tracy Nichols, who had been the athletic director at Stamford Catholic/Trinity Catholic High School for the previous 34 years.

Nichols feels Trinity is in good hands with Fedak.

“Frank has an extensive sports background with a known reputation within the FCIAC,” Nichols said in the release. “He brings instant credibility and resources and will be an ally to the administration at Trinity.”

Sericson@stamfordadvocate.com; @EricsonSports

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