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Matt Durchik named Fivay's full-time football coach



Fivay’s Matt Durchik was elevated from interim head coach to full-time head coach on Thursday. Durchik took over for John Diehl in the season’s final four games after Diehl was relieved of his head coaching duties. The Falcons were 3-1 under Durchik and won their last two games.

“It’s always been my goal to be a head coach," Durchik said. “I had the opportunity to work under (former head coach) Chris Taylor and learned everything I could. When Coach Diehl left it was a little different logistically. It took a week or so to get used to everything."

Durchik, 44, has been an assistant coach since the school started its varsity program in 2010. He was an offensive assistant before becoming the head junior varsity coach in 2013-14. He was a defensive assistant last season before becoming the interim coach.

Prior to joining the Fivay staff he was a middle school teacher. From 1994-2007 he worked in the private sector before becoming a teacher.

Durchik will be the third head coach in two years for Fivay. Diehl took over for Taylor, who remains the school’s athletic director. The Falcons improved from 2-8 in 2014 to 5-5 this season. They were 2-4 under Diehl.

“One of the things we wanted to do was end the season on a winning note," Durchik said. “Now it’s all about getting kids in the weight room and looking forward to next season."

[Last modified: Thursday, January 7, 2016 1:32pm]


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