Farabi named CNC girls basketball Coach of the Year

Abby Farabi lead the Panthers to an undefeated regular season.

PITTSBURG, Kan. – St. Mary’s Colgan girls basketball head coach Abby Farabi has been named the CNC Coach of the Year for the 2021-2022 season.

“It’s really awesome. It’s a great honor because there are some great coaches in our league. It’s been a great league this year,” Farabi says of the honor, “It’s more about the kids. I have great kids, so it makes my job really, really easy. I had a great assistant, so I don’t know that I deserve that much credit this year. It was just a great year. There was no drama and they all got along great. They had so much fun together and they were so unselfish. I think that’s one thing that describes this team…how unselfish they were and how well they played for each other.”

Colgan finished the regular season with an 18-0 record, winning the outright CNC league championship.

They followed that up by winning a 2A sub-state championship and returning to the state tournament for the third straight season – however the Panthers suffered an upset loss in the first round in Manhattan, falling to Garden Plain 39-26.

“We won the league. We got that Tony Dubray Tournament title back. We went undefeated until the state tournament. We did a lot of great things this year,” Farabi says, “It stinks how it ended, but this team really put us on the map this year. We always want to get to the state tournament and make some noise. In years past we’ve gotten to the state tournament and got waxed and been sent home. Now I feel like people expect things of us when we get there – not just to get sent home. Everyone is saying we choked in the first round or whatever, but it’s nice to have that pressure and those expectations.”

In addition to Farabi being named coach of the year, five of her players have earned All-CNC recognition.

Sophomore Lily Brown and senior Lauren Yaghmour are 1st team All-CNC selections, junior Lauren Torrance and senior Emily Imhof made the All-CNC 2nd team and senior Gabi Radell was named Honorable Mention All-CNC.

“It’s really awesome. I don’t know if it’s ever been done or if it will ever be done again,” Farabi says of having five All-CNC players, “They all deserved it. They were a great team this year and they’re all very deserving. They achieved so much. They’re great kids. They’re awesome basketball players, but they’re great leaders and great people, too. Kids are excited to play basketball now and excited to be a part of this program, and that’s huge.”

“I’m ready for next year already because this team is so much fun to be around,” Farabi finishes, “We’ll miss our seniors, but I think you’re going to see some real growth from our other kids. I’m really, really excited about the future here.”