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Trinity Catholic Fedak becomes permanent athletic director

April 5, 2019

STAMFORD — The Trinity Catholic High School athletic department gained an important measure of certainty as interim athletic director Frank Fedak has been confirmed as the permanent athletic director for the Crusaders.

Fedak joined Trinity Catholic as interim athletic director last January after Bob Robustelli departed to pursue new outside business interests.

“The promotion feels great. I’m excited and glad to see the administration has the confidence in me to decide that I’m the right man for the job,” Fedak said. “I started at Trinity Catholic as a substitute teacher. I got to know the Trinity Catholic High School family and see the kids in the classroom. I loved the closeknit family atmosphere. To now move into athletics, which is in my wheelhouse, is great. Athletics is a vital part of what Trinity Catholic High School is and what Trinity Catholic wants to be.”

So far in his time as athletic director, Fedak has seen the Trinity Catholic girls basketball team capture the 2019 Class S state title and the return of the Crusaders’ girls softball team to the FCIAC after a one-season hiatus.

“The girls basketball state title was a wonderful achievement that came at a great time,” Fedak said. “To have a coach resign mid-season can be devastating to a program. But (Hall of Fame boys basketball coach) Mike Walsh stepped up and that was the shot in the arm the program and the athletic department needed. They turned a tough situation into a positive happy ending.

“When I arrived in January, one big priority was to resurrect the softball program,” Fedak continued. “It was a black eye to have the softball field remodeled and see the rich tradition of Trinity Catholic softball and to have no team playing in 2018 was a disappointment. To have the girls back on the field and win their home opener (9-8 over Weston last Thursday) is a huge victory.”

Going forward seeing the Trinity Catholic High School enrollment increase to create deeper rosters for the Crusader sport teams is a continuing concern for Fedak. Especially with Trinity Catholic competing in the FCIAC, arguably the state’s most competitive high school sports league.

“Good things are going on. There is new construction at the school. The plan to bring the middle school into the high school building is a recipe for success,” Fedak said. “We all want our enrollment numbers back up. Slowly but surely we are getting there.”

With his background as a player and as a coach and decades of officiating, Fedak is pleased to be able to bring all that experience to the Trinity Catholic athletic director’s office.

“The athletic director is an overseer. And I have all these different points of view gained over the decades. I feel I have a good understanding of where people are coming from,” Fedak said. “As a referee you learn how to step back in the name of fair competition. I’m always learning every day. But the key is all about relationships.

“Trinity Catholic has welcomed me with open arms since I started as athletic director last January,” Fedak continued. “I’m so happy I can continue my work at this job.”

rdepreta@stamfordadvocate.com