Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coach Finds Himself at Seton Again

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Coach Finds Himself at Seton Again

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When Mark Felbinger stepped down as Seton-LaSalle's boys volleyball coach in 2013, he had no plans on returning to coaching.

That changed last October when Rebels girls coach Kevin Hummert resigned midway through the season.

"[Former Seton-LaSalle] athletic director Larkin Hogel called and asked me to help him coach the girls team for the rest of the season," Felbinger said. "I had not planned on returning to coaching, but he needed help, so I decided to come back."

Felbinger actually coached both teams during four of his six years at Seton-LaSalle.

"I coached the girls team from 2008 until 2011," Felbinger said. "I coached the boys team from 2008 until 2013."

When Felbinger's one-month stint as interim coach ended at the end of last season, Larkin asked Felbinger if he would come back and coach the Rebels this year.

"I didn't realize how much I missed coaching," Felbinger said.

"I saw what a great group of girls they have and I saw it was a good fit for me to return. Plus, I didn't want the girls having a third coach in two years."

Felbinger returns to a program that has made 12 consecutive WPIAL playoff appearances, including eight in Class AA and the other four in Class A.

Last season, Seton-LaSalle placed second in Class AA Section 6 with a 12-2 record and advanced to the WPIAL quarterfinals. Section champion Thomas Jefferson went on to place second in the WPIAL.

"We have three strong teams in this section: Thomas Jefferson, South Fayette and Seton-LaSalle," Felbinger said.

"I expect it to be a battle between the three of us for the section title, like it was last year. Thomas Jefferson has to be considered the favorite, given last year's success."

Seton-LaSalle opened the season Saturday at the Chartiers- Houston Tournament.

"We had a 4-4 record in pool play," Felbinger said. …

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