|Position:||Offensive Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach|
|High School:||Bergen Catholic H.S.|
|Alma Mater:||University of Pennsylvania|
Recruiting Areas – Northern New Jersey (Sussex, Passaic, Bergen, Morris, Essex, Hudson Counties), Texas (excluding Dallas area), Florida (Orlando, Tampa, St. Petersburg).
Mark Fabish enters his fourth season with Columbia Football as its associate head coach/offensive coordinator and tight ends coach. The former University of Pennsylvania football standout spent six years on the Quakers' coaching staff, with his first four seasons coaching tight ends and his last two as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach. After winning two Ivy League titles as a player at Penn in both 1993 and 1994, Fabish helped guide the Quakers to three Ivy championships in five years as a coach.
Fabish guided an electric and efficient Columbia offense in 2017 that featured superior speed, athleticism and depth and averaged 359.3 yards of total offense per game and 240.8 yards passing per contest. Columbia’s offense was a key factor in the Lions completing their best season in 21 years as they went 8-2 overall and finished in second place in the Ivy League with a 5-2 record. The Lions also averaged 23.9 points per game and 20.0 first downs per game and converted 43.3 percent (69 of 159) of its third downs. In addition, Columbia was a threat to score every time it gained possession as the offense combined for 46 “big plays” totaling 20 yards or more and 16 plays spanning 40 yards or more. Quarterback Anders Hill put together a senior season that saw him set a school-record for completion percentage (63.4 percent), throw for 2,407 yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 206 of 325 passes. Wide receiver Josh Wainwright set a school-record for season receiving yards with 1,001 on a team-high 78 catches and eight touchdowns, Ronald Smith (31 catches for 437 yards) provided big-play potential and running back Chris Schroer (638 rushing yards on 137 carries) emerged at the end of the season as a threat in the running game. In the end, five offensive players earned All-Ivy League honors including Wainwright (First Team), Hill (Second Team), offensive lineman Bewley Wales (Second Team), offensive lineman Markham Paukune (honorable mention) and Smith (honorable mention).
In 2016, Columbia’s youthful wide receiver corps took a major step forward as two freshmen—Josh Wainwright (42 receptions for 515 yards, 5 TD) and Ronald Smith (21 catches for 342 yards, 4 TD)—emerged as key playmakers. In addition, seniors Scooter Hollis (36-363) and Cameron Dunn (32-332, 2 TD) both made major contributions. In 2015, Fabish’s first season at Columbia, the Lions’ receiving corps was led by Hollis, who hauled in 51 catches for 515 yards, the most receptions and receiving yards by a Lion in five years.
During the 2014 campaign at Penn, Fabish coached two wide receivers to All-Ivy League recognition in Spencer Kulcsar (first team) and Conner Scott (honorable mention). Kulcsar ranked first in the FCS in receptions per game and 18th in receiving yards per game. That same year, Fabish coached Justin Watson to a runner-up finish for Ivy League Rookie of the Year after a record setting freshman season at Penn with 42 receptions for 497 yards. In 2016, Watson would go on to earn runner-up honors for the Bushnell Cup. In his first season with the wideouts, Fabish coached two players into the school record book. Both Conner Scott and Ryan Mitchell entered Penn's all-time top-10 in career receptions and receiving yards. In 2011, tight end Luke Nawrocki earned honorable mention All-Ivy League for the third straight year under 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 two consecutive years.
When Penn’s starting tight end was sidelined with an injury midway through the 2009 campaign, Fabish replaced him with Nawrocki, who went on to earn All-Ivy League honorable mention status despite starting just five games. Nawrocki ranked sixth on the team in receptions and second in touchdowns as a sophomore.
Fabish returned to Penn 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’ recruiting 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 school’s single-season record for kickoff return yards under the tutelege of the former Quakers return specialist, while quarterback Derek Cassidy passed for nearly 3,000 yards and threw 15 touchdown passes in 2008.
Prior to his time at Rhody, Fabish spent 10 years at Monmouth University, the last six as the Hawks’ 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 Philadelphia Eagles 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 its second NEC title in school history and MU's first-ever NCAA Division 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 the special
Fabish enjoyed an illustrious playing career at Penn from 1993-96 as he helped the Quakers win two Ivy League titles while amassing an NCAA-record 24 consecutive victories from 1993-95. Penn did not lose a game until his junior season. The four-year
A native of Ho-Ho-Kus, New Jersey 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 at Penn in 1993.
Fabish graduated from the Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in American Civilization. He and his wife, Lara, have one son, Thomas.
THE MARK FABISH FILE
Hometown: Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J.
Bachelor of Arts, American Civilization, University of Pennsylvania, 1997; Bergen Catholic High School, 1993.
Offensive Coordinator, Tight Ends Coach, Columbia University, 2016-current
Offensive Coordinator, Wide Receivers Coach, Columbia University, 2015-16
Passing Game Coordinator, Wide Receivers Coach, University of Pennsylvania, 2010-15
Tight Ends Coach, University of Pennsylvania, 2009-10
Quarterbacks, Wide Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator, University of Rhode Island, 2008-09
Offensive Coordinator, Monmouth University, 2001-08
Quarterbacks Coach, Monmouth University, 2000-2001
Wide Receivers Coach, Monmouth University, 1998-2000
Special Teams Coordinator, Don Bosco Preparatory High School, 1997
Four-year letterman at wide receiver at Penn (1993-96) … All-Ivy League receiver in 1996 … Led Quakers to two Ivy League championships, NCAA-record 24-game win streak from 1993-95 … Holds Penn school records as the all-time leader in career punt return average and kickoff return yardage.