BOULDER — Headed to Fairview High School as a science teacher, Amanda Rabatin never imagined her new job would also include a softball coaching gig.
But things don’t always happen exactly as expected.
After a sequence of unforeseen events, including previous coach Matthew Frederick’s late resignation, Rabatin will now be the Knights’ head softball coach for the upcoming fall season.
“Quite honestly, I didn’t think it would happen because they already had a coach and it took me a good six years to work my way up to head coach at my last school,” Rabatin said. “But it just sort of worked out and I’m really excited about it.”
Rabatin grew up in northeast Ohio and most recently coached varsity softball for four years at Shaker Heights High School in Shaker Heights, Ohio. For six years before that, she coached middle school and junior varsity softball in the area. After taking last season off from coaching to prepare for her move to Boulder and to help Shaker Heights find a replacement, Rabatin has found herself unexpectedly back in the dugout with the Fairview ball club.
For her return to coaching, Rabatin inherits a Fairview club that went 15-23 in two seasons under Frederick and 23-52 over the past four seasons. The team’s third coach in four seasons, Rabatin remains excited about the program’s potential to turn things around.
“There’s a lot of young talent and a really good senior pitcher coming back,” Rabatin said. “There’s a lot there, we just have to mold it. It’s similar to the school I came from in that it’s highly academic so they’re all also really smart players so we should be fine.”
Fairview athletic director Terrin Kelly, who took over in late May, said he happened to be talking to Fairview principal Don Stensrud when he received the news that Frederick was resigning his post as head softball coach after two seasons. Having recently hired her to a teaching position, Stensrud was quick to recommend Rabatin for the coaching vacancy.
“Because of the lateness of the previous coach’s departure, we had to move fast,” Kelly said. “Amanda was coming to Fairview as a science teacher anyway and when Coach Frederick resigned, I happened to be sitting with our principal and he suggested that I look at Amanda’s resume. We happened to get a coach with 10-plus years of coaching experience.”
Since last season, Fairview has hired new coaches for boys basketball, volleyball, boys soccer and now softball. Kelly said the school is closing in on a boys lacrosse coach and that it is still looking for a new head wrestling coach.
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