Wyatt Fabian’s arrival at The Hill School as a student coincided with the boys’ soccer program’s ascendence to national acclaim. A four-year starting center back at Hill, Fabian, a 2014 Hill graduate, was a centerpiece around which the program steadily added several key pieces, culminating with Hill’s 2013 boys’ soccer team finishing the year as the top-ranked prep school program in the nation.
After a decorated high school and collegiate playing career, Fabian’s Hill boys’ soccer journey has come full circle. Director of Athletics Seth Eilberg P’22 ’23 announced today that Fabian has been appointed the school’s next head varsity boys’ soccer coach. Fabian assumes head coaching duties from Chris Drowne '89, who is on a personal leave of absence.
“I am very excited and thankful for the opportunity to return to Hill and lead this program,” Fabian said. “My own experience in this program was very formative for me and was influential in helping me become who I am today. My hope is to build upon the rich tradition of success that Hill boys’ soccer has come to be known for, both on and off the field, and to continue its legacy of being a program that develops the whole Hill student.”
"For so many of those in the Hill boys' soccer family, Wyatt has always been the natural successor," Drowne said. "As a Hill student, he led the program on the field from his first days as a third form starter at center back, and off the field as an exemplary member of the Hill community. His All-American collegiate career at F&M speaks for itself, where he was so much of a leader that he was brought back as a member of the coaching staff. Wyatt appreciates and embodies the ethos of the program as it relates to The Hill School mission, knowing which young men will best thrive as members of our greater School community. I couldn't be happier for Wyatt, Hill boys' soccer, and the young men now in his charge."
Arriving at Hill as a third former in 2010, Fabian immediately earned a spot in the team’s Starting XI and, upon his graduation, he had set program records for matches started and minutes played in a career. In the final match of his third form season, Fabian scored the winning goal against Lawrenceville to lift Hill to its first victory over the rival Big Red since 2004.
Hill finished the 2010 season with a commendable 12-6 record. The next three seasons rank among the best in school history. In that span, Hill won three Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championships, reached the Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association (PAISAA) state championship match three times, and compiled a cumulative record of 51-8-2. Individually, Fabian was a four-time All-MAPL and All-Area selection, and in 2012 he was named the Pottstown Mercury “Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year.” His final match in a Hill uniform concluded with Fabian hoisting the PAISAA trophy following a victory over Haverford School, securing an overall record of 19-1 and the top ranking in the Top Drawer Soccer prep school national rankings for Hill.
Fabian attended Lafayette College for his freshman year and then transferred to Franklin and Marshall College. He made an immediate impact on the Diplomats’ men’s soccer program, which reached the NCAA Division III tournament in each of Fabian’s three seasons with the team, advancing as far as the Elite Eight during his junior season. Fabian was a two-year captain, three-time All-Centennial Conference selection, and in 2016 he was a third-team All-American.
After graduating from Franklin and Marshall in 2018 with a B.A. in History and Government, Fabian taught for one year at Greenwich Country Day School before returning to central Pennsylvania in 2019 to begin pursing a Master of Arts in History degree from Millersville University; Fabian also joined the Franklin and Marshall men’s soccer coaching staff that year.
“Wyatt stands among the best players, people, and coaches I have had the pleasure to work with,” said Franklin and Marshall head men’s soccer coach Dan Wagner. “Wyatt was a two-time captain and All-American for us. His teams consistently went to the NCAA tournament, earned a number-one national ranking, won the Centennial Conference, and competed in the NCAA Elite 8. He has coached with me for two years, leading from the sidelines last year while helping us navigate COVID this year. Wyatt is an excellent addition to the Hill community, a place he as always considered his second home.”
His coaching experience extends beyond the Diplomats’ sideline. Fabian is the Cabrini Field Manager and Video Service Manager for Future 500 Soccer Camps, and he is the head coach of the Lancaster Elite Soccer Club U16 boys’ team.
“I am incredibly excited to welcome Wyatt’s leadership of our Hill boys’ soccer program,” Eilberg said. “He has gained invaluable experience and has quickly built a strong network in the college soccer world in his time at F&M. Moreover, he clearly embraces The Hill School’s values and all that we stand for. I have great confidence that our student-athletes will continue to reach their full potential as people and as soccer players and have transformational experiences under his tutelage.”
Fabian will join Hill’s History Department as a History Fellow and will begin part-time teaching this spring before transitioning into a full-time teaching role in the fall of 2021.