Colgan’s Abby Farabi named 2A Coach of the Year

Farabi led the Panthers to a 19-4 record and their first ever state tournament win this season.
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PITTSBURG, Kan. – St. Mary’s Colgan girls basketball head coach Abby Farabi has been named the 2A girls Coach of the Year by “Sports in Kansas.”

“There’s no way a coach becomes coach of the year without a great team and great assistant coaches,” Farabi says, “It’s definitely a team effort in every aspect. I’m very humbled and honored to receive this award in a year full of so many unknowns.”

Farabi shares the award with Jill Rowland, head coach of 2A state champion Sterling High School.

“Coach Farabi is one of the greatest coaches I’ve ever played for,” says senior Kaitlin Crossland, “She is so deserving of the honor. She brings intensity to every practice and every game, and she pushes us to work hard day in and day out. Although she’s tough on us, she’s our biggest cheerleader and loves nothing more than to see us succeed.”

Farabi guided the Panthers to a 19-4 overall record and a runner-up finish in the 2A state tournament. Their wins over Berean Academy in the state quarterfinals and Valley Heights in the state semifinals were the first two state tournament victories for Colgan in program history.


“The kids overcame so much and fought through so much adversity, just to be able to play the game for each other,” Farabi adds, “It was truly one of the best experiences of my life. I just hope that I was able to coach them in life lessons both on and off the court.”

“She would do anything for her players,” Crossland finishes, “Her dedication to this team and this program is remarkable. Playing for her the last four years has been so rewarding, and so much fun. I can’t wait to see where she takes the program in the future.”