Columbia Won’t Retain Fabish; Eastern Washington Keeps Best

There are two pieces of FCS coaching news to report involving Columbia and Eastern Washington.

Mark Fabish will not return as head coach for Columbia. Fabish served on an interim basis for the 2023 season after the retirement of Al Bagnoli in August. The Lions went 3-7 overall and 1-6 in the Ivy League, capping off the season with a 29-14 victory against Cornell, which is also searching for a head coach.

Eastern Washington will keep Aaron Best as head coach per Tim Collins, the school’s athletic director. Best been around the EWU program since 2000 ranging from a graduate assistant (2000-01) to offensive line coach (2002-06) and offensive coordinator (2008-16). Best spent one season in the Canadian Football League as an assistant coach of the Toronto Argonauts.

Best was promoted to head coaching for the 2017 season and has compiled an overall record of 48-32 and 35-19 in the Big Sky over his 7 seasons. The Eagles have stumbled the last two years with a 3-8 record in 2022 and a 4-7 record in 2023. They made the FCS Playoffs in three of his first five seasons including a National Championship appearance in 2018 and the pressure will be on Best to return to the FCS Playoffs in 2024.

Photo Credit to Columbia University Athletics

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