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Former SEC assistant reflects on losing his job after 9 good years

Following the 2009 season, Georgia head coach Mark Richt made the decision to dismiss three assistant coaches that had helped Georgia win a ton of ball games over the years. It’s one of the difficult parts of the profession for an assistant coach.

One of the assistants to lose his job was defensive ends coach Jon Fabris, who help Georgia win 89 games in nine seasons, including two SEC Championships, three SEC Eastern Division Titles, six bowl victories and six Top 10 finishes in the final national polls. Fabris helped develop defensive ends David Pollack, Will Thompson, Quentin Moses, Charles Johnson and Marcus Howard.

After a brief stint at Louisville prior to the 2010 season, Fabris sat out of coaching last season. He has since joined the Northwest Community College staff in Senatobia, MS.

This week, Fabris reflected back on his time at Georgia.

He told the Times Free Press, “I know what I was a part of at Georgia, and I also know that no one is perfect. Even Bear Bryant had back-to-back six-win seasons at Alabama, but I’m very proud that I was part of a program that finished in the top 10 six times in nine years.Seven of the top 12 Georgia players in career sacks were players I coached, and I’m proud that most all of the punt-return records in school history were set by the units I coached.”

“It is not a case where you leave with your head down. Things happen for various reasons, whether it’s pressure or politics. They are things you have no control over.”

“I don’t know if this is a change-of-life kind of deal or if something else is going to happen. I know I can still coach circles around some other people in coaching. I don’t know what this is all about, but I do know what I’ve gained in the last year and a half. God has given me priceless time with my children.”

Fabris will coach the defensive line this season for Northwest CC. The Rangers open against Pearl River on September 1st.