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.
“I am so excited. I have been involved with sports a good part of my life as a player and coach and later as an official,” Fedak said. “High school sports is near and dear to my heart. For someone who loves high school sports as much as I do, an athletic director position is kind of a dream job.”
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.
Fedak expressed optimism about the future of Trinity athletics.
“I am coming in and trying to pick up where Mr. Robustelli left off and take the athletic department where the administration wants it to go,” Fedak said. “There is a lot going on at Trinity right now and I look forward to jumping in. We have some coaching vacancies in baseball and lacrosse which we need to fill and of course football which will probably take a little longer to fill. We also want to make sure our softball program can put a good product on the field. Coming in during the middle of the year has its difficulties. I have to introduce myself to the coaches and athletes and let them all know I am there to work for them.”
Fedak has been involved in Fairfield County sports for years with more than 20 years of coaching experience at Weston High School, Northeast Baseball School, Notre Dame-Fairfield High School, Sacred Heart University and 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 21/2 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.”