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Robert Babish

Coaching ∙ Quigley

 

 

 

 

There was a time when Quigley High School was THE force in Class A WPIAL football: when Bob Babish coached the program. A graduate of South Fayette High School, where he lettered in four sports, Bob went to Waynesburg College, where he lettered four years as a safety and was a starter on the NAIA national championship team. At Waynesburg, Bob won the Scholar Athlete award as an economics major, then went on to earn a teaching certificate from Geneva College, a masterís degree from Slippery Rock University, and a principalís and supervisorís certification from the University of Pittsburgh. Bob was named assistant coach at Quigley in 1972, then took over head coaching duties in 1974 at age 24. The Spartans had a 7-2 record that year, and over the next seven years continued to dominate, compiling a 50-25-1 record and winning back to back WPIAL Class A championships in 1978 and 1979. Bob earned several Conference Coach of the Year honors and in 1978 was named Class A Coach of the Year in both the WPIAL and the state, and in 1979 was selected to coach Pennsylvaniaís Big 33 team. Bob also coached the Quigley girlsí basketball and golf teams, winning the Diocesan Championship on the hardwood. Bob moved to East Liverpool and his alma mater South Fayette, finishing his high school coaching career with a 116-74-6 record and with winning seasons in 16 of his 23 years. He later was an assistant coach to Joe Walton at Robert Morris University, when the Colonials won two national championships (2000, 2001). Bob then worked as the executive director of the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School in Midland.