Back in February the Scranton School District appointed Brian Fahey as the new head coach of the West Scranton football team. His first order of business put in a new film room.
"We took a walk and looked at our starting point and decided that we wanted to change the look give the kids something to take pride in and defining spaces in terms of a film room, a meeting room and then getting the locker room more organized," said Brian Fahey.
The triple tiered film room is adjacent to the weight room. It's become a central meeting point for the whole team.
"As soon as he got the job we started making improvements and one of the big things was-we watched film in the auditorium last year and he wanted to change that. He made a film room downstairs. They painted it. It helped out a lot. Everyday we improve and he just keeps helping us," said Leo Ciullo.
Brian comes back to his alma mater after graduating in 1992 and playing for Joe DeAntona. So the fix could come quickly for a (4-6) Invader team from last year-see Brian has been on Joe Repshis's staff up at Abington Heights as the defensive coordinator since 2005 so he knows this West Scranton program very well.
"I was hired in February the staff was put together probably early March and we've been working hard, and we are not going to hide behind as some kind of excuse or call it rebuilding. Our expectations are high and so are these kids," again said Brian.
Coach Fahey is preaching consistency and community. Numbers increased from last year, so far 80 kids signed up to play varsity football and there raising money thru raffle tickets as a way to go see Derek Jeter's last game at Yankee Stadium.
"I just happen to be a very big Derek Jeter and Yankee fan so it's kind of ironic that was our opportunity, but we are using the funds from the proceeds to re-create some of the space here and to improve and update the weightlifting equipment and to do somethings on the practice field that we see as necessary," added Brian.
West Scranton opens up with Riverside Friday night August 29th.