After an almost two- monthlong search for a new head coach, Clarion University found its answer right in its own backyard.
Chris Weibel was named to the position of Head Coach for the Golden Eagles football team on Feb. 6.
Weibel is an East Brady native, and a 1993 graduate of (Armstrong Central) Kittanning High School.
Athletic director Dave Katis made the announcement, saying, “Chris is a talented and dedicated coach who has a great vision for the future of this football program. He relayed that vision during the process, along with demonstrating all the qualities we were looking for in a head coach.”
Weibel is a former All-American quarterback at Clarion, having an impressive college career.
He started two games as a true freshman, throwing for 280 yards and three touchdowns.
He red shirted the following year and then lead Clarion to a 6-4 record his sophomore year.
His junior year was his best by far.
He led Clarion to an 11-3 record while throwing for 2,880 yards and 32 touchdowns.
Those statistics earned him NCAA Division II All-American Honors.
He also led them to a PSAC-West title and a spot in the NCAA “Final Four” that year.
He was poised for a big senior year, but was derailed by an injury one game into the season.
He came back the following year and threw for 2,462 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Weibel was an assistant coach for the Golden Eagles the past 11 seasons.
He was the offensive coordinator at Clarion the past two years, and the interim head coach since Dec. 15 when former head coach Jay Foster retired.
Another impressive feature on his resume is that he has spent numerous seasons as the team’s recruiting coordinator.
Weibel announced on Feb. 6 that the Golden Eagles have signed eight recruits and have verbal commitments from 12 others, making this recruiting class one of the most productive in the past few years.
“I’m excited and really proud to be the next head football coach at Clarion,” Weibel stated.
“Everyone’s been waiting since the day Coach Foster resigned for the committee to select a coach. It’s safe to say everyone is ecstatic that we got our head coach and the process is finally over with,” Simmons said.
With Weibel’s history at quarterback and offensive coordinator, most people will assume that he will be only a strong offensive coach.
Simmons says that is not the case.
According to Simmons, one of Weibel’s biggest strengths is his defensive knowledge of the game.
Simmons said, “Week in and week out he always knows what each opponents defense is doing and knowing where players will be at when they line up against our 11.”
Junior wide receiver Jaron Moorer affirmed that, “I like how smart he is at breaking down a defense, when it comes to watching film, he knows what a defense can do and plays that will work and even switch up routes in a play to make it work.”