Abington announced it has appointed Kevin Conlin as its new football head coach.
The school district sent news of the appointment in an email press release and also posted it on its website.
Conlin, a teacher in the Abington High School Social Studies department, was an assistant coach for the Ghosts from 1999-2013. He replaces Tim Sorber, who resigned as head coach after 16 seasons.
A La Salle College High School grad, Conlin followed his brothers Chris and Keith’s footsteps and played football at Penn State. A center on the offensive line, Kevin Conlin was a part of four bowl teams, his freshman year the Nittany Lions winning the Big Ten Conference and Rose Bowl.
Abington went 1-10 in 2014 with its only victory coming against winless Bensalem 36-35 in Week 9.
While the Ghosts missed the District 1-AAAA playoffs the past two seasons, Sorber had led the team to postseason appearances in seven of the previous eight years (2006, 2008-2013), with Abington making the district semifinals twice (2006, 20013). The Ghosts also won a share of Suburban One League National Conference title in both 2010 and 2011.
With the SOL realigning in 2016-2017 due to Norristown and Upper Merion leaving to join the PAC-10, Abington is set to play in the seven-team National Conference with Bensalem, Council Rock North, Council Rock South, Neshaminy, Pennsbury and Truman.